Educator/Teacher, Ankeny, IA - November 23, 2015
I always shared with my students my experiences with public education.The more you apply yourself the more you gain. I grew up in the east coast during the '50's and was a average "B" student with an interest in science and mathematics. I moved to Chicago school system and based on placement exams was placed in the accelerated math and science classes.I stress to my students that I was not any more intelligent, just "labelled" that way, which opened many doors for me. Hard work paid off since I attended college under a National Defense Student Loan program.Since the majority of my students were college bound I could use my personal experience to help them plan their future.My colleagues were very thoughtful and caring. I found freedom to share my extensive knowledge with the class and learned to share my own learning style with the students that enabled me to achieve the level of success. I have been told that I am a non=linear thinker and/or an ideator by one of my former department heads.