Hi, I'm Steph!

I speak English and Spanish Fluently

I speak English and Spanish Fluently

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have a lot of experience working with infants and toddlers. I have been taking care of twins. I put them down for naps, feed them, change their diapers, bath them, go for walks, play, cook, potty train, and teaching them Spanish.  I love working with babies and toddlers, because since they are born they are willing to discover the world. Their curiosity makes them want to explore everything and i'm willing to guide them through their learning experiences, helping them to develop their skill and keep their curiosity and interest in the world.

What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher?  I have a lot of experience working with infants and toddlers. I have been taking care of twins. I put them down for naps, feed them, change their diapers, bath them, go for walks, play, cook, potty train, and teaching them Spanish.  I love working with babies and toddlers, because since they are born they are willing to discover the world. Their curiosity makes them want to explore everything and i'm willing to guide them through their learning experiences, helping them to develop their skill and keep their curiosity and interest in the world.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher?  A great teacher is one who keeps students engaged and interested in learning and continuing to develop their own ideas. 

In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses? I would recommend that the person who is interested in teaching needs to be passionate. In order for the students to really be engaged and learning, the teacher's passion needs to be seen and heard in every interaction. A teacher is responsible for motivating students and keeping their interest, if the teacher is not inspiring the students, then it will be that much more difficult to keep the students attention and interest.

How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? The world is changing so teachers should adjust themselves and see the latest technologies as an advantage. New technologies give access to many different programs and applications that could be used as good tools in and outside the classroom. Teachers should improve their technological literacy and use the internet and apps in the classroom because it could be a great way to get their students attention.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? I believe that we have to teach children that everyone is different and we have to accept and respect diversity. A good way to teach acceptance of diversity is to have students of different beliefs, race and background.

Share a teaching memory that had a profound impact on you. My favorite teacher was my music teacher because he taught to play many different typical instruments from Colombia. He never followed a rubric. He always taught us just following his knowledge and feelings. He believed in students abilities to play multiple instruments.

What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? I want the children to feel free to be themselves and be able to express themselves. I understand that some rules need to be in place in order to ensure safety and an environment that is under control. Often times i create some rules based the children's opinions and ideas of a safe environment.

Are there any projects you’ve done (related or unrelated to teaching) that you’d like to share? In Colombia, I developed educational programs using the latest technologies for different cities working for the Government. Also, we created a contest where schools with limited resources would describe how they would use new technologies in the classroom so the winners would get tablets and internet connection in their school. 

Credentials: Social Work Bachelors Degree, CPR Certificate, 32 Hours of Child Training Certificate