Hi, I'm miss Jody!
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? I see myself as a big kid. That big kid in me loves interacting with other kids, regardless of how old they are. I have performed and taught kids for the past 8 years. It is always a joy to see smiles after a show/class. I believe that children are natural actors and creators. It is my pleasure to help break down inhibitions and draw that out of them.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? Enjoy being in the presence of your students and they will in turn enjoy being with you and what you bring into their lives.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? Hands down - my stage combat teacher from acting school. I am a rather gutsy individual. Not many things scare me. One time, we did a trust fall exercise that scared me to my tears. He held my hand and sat beside me for a good half an hour. We watched others do the trust fall and finally he said to me, 'Jody, take no prisoners. It is your turn now.' I took a leap of faith (pun intended) and that day, I learned that a teacher is someone who patiently and proactively challenges a student to where his/her true potential is.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? Patience and trust. Patience to let the student be who he/she is. Build the trust. And lastly, gently guide him/her to his/her potential.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? If so, please specify. Helped homeschool-ed an autistic boy for 2 years.
Are there any projects you’ve done (related or unrelated to teaching) that you’d like to share? I wrote my own clowning program for the young.
Credentials: BA in Communication Studies (University at Buffalo). Circle in the Square's Musical Theatre program.