My teaching philosophy mirrors what I teach students in my classroom as future educators. I believe that the teacher's passion and enthusiasm for learning are contagious. I have positive expectations and believe that every student can be successful if they have made a commitment to lifelong learning. My role is to introduce and explain new ideas, encourage students to reflect about what they have learned, and challenge them to learn, grow, and research on their own. I take a "hands-on approach" to learning and provide students with opportunities to put theory into practice.