Name: Mr. Tom Baldwin ("Mr. B") Wish List
Title: Director of Admissions and Community Relations, MS Religion
Class website: Mr. B's Class
Tom Baldwin has been teaching middle school Religion at St. John’s Lutheran School since 2002. He emphasizes not only learning about Jesus, but also how to live and love like Christ in a secular world. In the spring of 2015, Mr. Baldwin became the Director of Admissions & Community Relations (DACR) at St. John’s. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems of Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He became certified as an LCMS Lay Minister through the University of Concordia Wisconsin in 2009. His professional organization memberships include the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Additionally, he is a member of “OFF” (Opioids. Faith-based. Forsyth.), whose aim is to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in Forsyth County and provide local churches with information on how they can help fight opioid addiction. Mr. Baldwin is an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He has been married since 1985, and his two adult children are alumni of St. John’s Lutheran School. He is also blessed with two wonderful grandchildren.
I believe that I have been called by God to regularly and enthusiastically spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the middle school students whom I am privileged to teach. I am certain that God has plans for every child and that our goal at St. John’s is to provide learning that enables them to grow in readiness towards participating in His plan for them. To that end, I strive to present the Christian message to students in a way that resonates with them, using contemporary media such as film, television, and music to teach them how to recognize and remember Christian symbolism in that media. I believe it is critical to teach students tools to remember Jesus and other Biblical themes as they navigate the challenges of adolescence, and I expect them to engage in honest and respectful discussion in the classroom. I want all students to understand that they are valued and loved, regardless of differences in beliefs, opinions, or backgrounds.
I value open communication with parents, and I want to keep them informed about their child’s progress. St. John’s teachers are “in it for the long haul” with our students; with God’s help, our interaction with students will have a lasting, positive influence.
Name: Catarino Burgoas ("Cat")
Title: Facilities Manager
Name: Leticia Carbajal Wish List
Title: Preschool Teacher
Leticia Carbajal (“Miss Letty”) graduated with honors from Surry County Community College in 2015 with her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Infant & Toddler Care Certificate. She is bilingual (Spanish and English). Leticia taught in a Migrant Head-Start program for two years. She started teaching at St. John’s Lutheran School in August 2018 in the Preschool classroom with the three-year-olds. Miss Letty incorporates a little bit of Spanish in her preschool classroom to help expose children to new languages. She enjoys the daily opportunity to help children be more successful in their learning journeys. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In her free time, Miss Letty enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
My philosophy of education is that all students are unique in their own special way and have a right to learn. I believe students should always have a clean, organized, loving, and safe environment, where they feel free to be themselves. It is very important to guide children to be their best, helping each child grow a little more each day.
At this young age, children are using language for a variety of purposes, such as to express their needs and wants, to develop social skills and relationships with peers, and to explore books. I believe teaching them simple Spanish words, such as colors and numbers, helps them build their vocabulary and improve listening skills. I give the students opportunities in class to learn finger plays, sing songs, and recite the days of the week and months. These simple yet goal-oriented interactions allow me chances to develop a trusting and warm relationship with children, which in turn helps me to guide them as they absorb new knowledge and master new skills.
By cultivating a preschool classroom in which the students trust me and feel loved, I am able to help my students build friendships with their classmates, understand and follow directions, show respect during prayers and chapel, and learn that God made them and loves them. My goal is to help all my students grow socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically, throughout the school year. Students are capable of learning new things each day; with God everything is possible.
Name: Rev. Tom Clocker
Name: Mrs. Sonia Davidson Wish List
Title: Preschool Director and Preschool Teacher
Sonia Davidson believes the early years of children’s lives are critical to their development. She believes the classroom environment should be consistent and secure so children can build a secure attachment in a loving and nurturing place. Mrs. Davidson serves as the St. John’s Preschool Director and Pre-K 4’s Readiness teacher. She has taught children for over 20 years. Sonia attended Davidson County Community College and received her AAS Degree, Early Childhood Associate, and graduated with honors. After graduating she returned to get her Administrators Certification. During her time at DCCC, she was the President of the Teacher Education Club and a Student Ambassador. Currently she is a member of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and its affiliate: North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC) and Child Care Resource Center. Sonia Davidson lives in Davidson County with her husband. They have been married since 1987. She has 2 natural children and raised their nephew for 10 years after her sister passed away. All three of the children have graduated college and are working in their degree areas. Sonia enjoys going home in the evenings to her husband and their 3 dogs.
I believe that the early years of children’s lives are critical when it comes to their development. They are growing and learning at a rapid rate and need an environment that is consistent and secure. The loving and nurturing environment at St. John’s helps preschoolers feel comfortable and form secure attachments.
I try to strive to provide a safe, comfortable, stimulating, fun, and educational environment with structured, daily plans. Each child is allowed to learn at his or her own pace—children are never forced or pressured to learn something faster than they are able. Activities include free playtime, structured playtime, story time, art and crafts, music and dance, science experiences, cultural activities, and other educational yet fun pursuits.
Through a mixture of guided and undirected creative play, the children in our preschool have the opportunity to learn about color, shapes, textures, numbers, letters, animals, seasons, feelings, senses, nutrition, manners, basic science and math concepts, and creative concepts such as “pretend” play, art, and music. These are all things young children are able to learn through creative, educational play.
Name: Mr. Mark Edmiston Wish List
Title: Principal, Middle School Science, and Athletic Director
Mark Edmiston is the Principal of St. John’s Lutheran School as well as the middle school Science teacher. Mr. Edmiston graduated from Concordia University in Nebraska in the spring of 2010 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. He joined St. John’s faculty in the fall of 2010 as a middle school teacher of Science and Social Studies. In the spring of 2015, Mr. Edmiston moved into his current role of being Principal as well as continuing to teach middle school Science. He is a member of the Lutheran Educators Association (LEA) and the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), and he is an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Mr. Edmiston always makes himself available to both parents and students whenever they need guidance or need to express concerns. He has dedicated himself to becoming a life-long educator and learner, and he strives to instill a similar desire in all of the students with whom he works.
I believe that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire that students develop an attitude of perseverance by learning how to work through concepts that are difficult for them. I provide a safe environment where the students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.
For learning to be effective, I believe that there are four essential elements: (1) the teacher’s role is to act as a guide, (2) students must have access to hands-on activities, (3) technology must be incorporated into the school day, and (4) students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. If all of these elements are present, students will learn and grow effectively, poised to succeed now and in the future.
Name: Ms. Stephanie Guelzow Wish List
Title: 3rd Grade Teacher
Stephanie Guelzow enjoys serving as a Lutheran school teacher where she loves being able to share the love of Christ with those around her. She began teaching immediately upon graduating from Concordia University, Chicago, in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and specialization in Communications/Theatre. She served for two years at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before coming to teach at St. John’s in Winston-Salem in 1996. While she currently teaches 3rd grade, she has also spent time teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Ms. Guelzow also holds a Masters of Education in Theatre from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. One of her great joys it to share this love of theatre with the students at St. John’s. In addition to working with her own students, she also directs the annual middle school musical and is active in the local theatre community. Stephanie is a long-time member of the Forsyth County Reading Association.
I believe that all people—students, parents, and fellow workers—are unique creations of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and fellow children of God. I am humbled to be part of God’s plan of reaching out and caring for them in the role of teacher. In my classroom, I strive to help my students use the gifts and talents God has given them to challenge themselves to do their best. This applies not only to their school work, but also to how they solve problems, approach new challenges, and strengthen their community. I work to partner with parents and my fellow staff members to help students discover their God-given potential, especially academically. I try to offer a safe environment where students can work through the process of answering questions that challenge them and learn from their mistakes. I strive to model a thirst for knowledge, joy in Christian service, and a close relationship with God. It is my goal that my students leave my classroom with more confidence, empathy, and a better understanding of the world around them and their place in it.
Name: Mrs. Beth Hardin Wish List
Title: 4th Grade Teacher
Beth Hardin is an elementary school teacher who loves to challenge her students. She enjoys a hands-on approach. Mrs. Hardin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Theology and English at Concordia College in Chicago, Illinois. She began teaching in 1982 at St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers, Florida. In 1985 she received a Call to St. John’s Lutheran School. Mrs. Hardin is a member of the Forsyth County Reading Association. She enjoys working with children both in the classroom and after school. She has been a Title I tutor since 2014 and is actively involved in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Hispanic Tutoring Ministry.
I believe children are a gift from God. God created them to be special. Each child brings a completely new perspective and personality. The exciting challenge with teaching is bringing so many personalities together to work as one class. My main goal is to teach them God’s Word and the love He has for them. I believe children need to know how much they are valued, even when they fail. I encourage children to work to become independent learners through cooperative learning, in-school projects, using tools to solve problems, and by discovering through hands-on centers and interactive displays. I teach my students that life is like climbing a mountain: take it slow so you don’t miss the beauty; focus on one step at a time and it won’t be overwhelming; enjoy the challenge; and when you reach your goal, thank the Lord who brought you there.
Name: Mrs. Julie Hoover Wish List
Title: Teacher Aide
Name: Mrs. Lydia Ingram Wish List
Title: Middle School English Teacher
Lydia Ingram began her teaching career in 2005 at St. John’s Lutheran School in Winston-Salem. From 2008 to 2014 she taught at Concordia Lutheran School in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to St. John’s in 2016 and teaches middle school Language Arts. Mrs. Ingram graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K–6), a K–12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification, and a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. From 2018–2020, Mrs. Ingram was Chair of the SJS Accreditation Steering Committee. She is a member of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and the North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA). In addition to part-time classroom teaching, Mrs. Ingram also works as a professional copyeditor for an economics policy institute in Washington, DC, and for a handful of think tanks and university professors. She loves reading, playing handbells at church, drinking Moravian coffee, and visiting art museums with her husband and son.
I believe that education opens doors and makes life more enjoyable. When students learn how to read, understand, and appreciate challenging material, they will be able to enjoy a much wider world and climb to higher heights. When students develop strong written and oral communications skills, they position themselves to not only succeed academically but to also flourish socially and emotionally, able to express their ideas and experiences effectively. When students are exposed to a variety of genres and a diverse range of authors, they are more likely to develop empathy, understanding, and open-mindedness.
As I teach, I allow my natural love of my subject matter shine through. It’s more fun to learn material from teachers who are passionate about their subjects. I take great care to show the purpose of every lesson or unit, not only in the short-term, but also in the “real” world. When middle school students understand the reasons for learning something, they are more likely to engage with and absorb new material.
For the sake of cultivating a safe and secure learning environment, I strive to be reliable, communicative, purposeful, receptive, and mindful. I make myself available to families through email, phone, text, and in-person meetings. Students deserve to have adults in their lives who love them all the time, and they deserve to have parents and teachers who work as a team to help them succeed. I believe my students are beloved children of God, worthy of love and belonging. It is my greatest privilege to be their teacher.
Name: Ms. Stephanie Kiel Wish List
Title: 2nd Grade Teacher
Stephanie Brake Kiel began her teaching career in August of 1992. Ms. Kiel taught in the NC Public School System for 7 years before coming to St. John’s Lutheran School in 2002. Ms. Kiel graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She graduated from the LCMS Teacher Colloquy Program through Concordia University Education Network and passed her final exam at Concordia College, in Bronxville, New York, in 2009. Ms. Kiel has a teaching endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education from Davie County Public Schools and has obtained 40 hours of training in teaching the Orton-Gillingham Method for learners struggling with dyslexia, which is a multisensory teaching/learning method. She strives to learn more through professional development in the area of STEM and how to incorporate it into her daily lessons. She is a member of the local chapter of Forsyth County Reading Association and the chapter of the International Literacy Association. She is the mother of adult triplet daughters, is involved at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and enjoys working with the Boston Terrier Rescue of North Carolina.
My philosophy of teaching is that effective learning requires collaboration between God, teacher, student, and parents, grounded in mutual respect. It is my desire that my classroom be one in which all students are accepted for who they are and where they are in their educational journey. I seek to provide a classroom that is a safe environment filled with student curiosity.
My goal in the classroom is to assist students in discovering the gifts God has given them and to help children use those gifts in their learning experiences. I present lessons in a variety of ways to reach each student’s learning style. I incorporate hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, technology, and individual work that will engage the students’ learning. It is my desire to have all students fully prepared for the next grade level so that they may grow in wisdom and honor our Lord in the process.
Name: Ms. Jenelle Lanham Wish List
Title: Middle School English & Math Teacher, 7th Homeroom
Jenelle Lanham teaches middle school Math and 7th grade English, and she is the homeroom teacher for the 7th and 8th grades. She has been teaching at St. John’s since 2005, beginning as a 3rd grade teacher and moving up to teach middle school in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, where she also earned her Lutheran Teaching Diploma. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). At St. John’s School, Ms. Lanham serves as the volleyball coach, and she works backstage for the middle school musical. At St. John’s Church, she is regularly involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry and reads Scripture for the contemporary worship services. Ms. Lanham also provides weekly tutoring in math for students in middle school and high school.
I believe that students learn best from a positive, encouraging teacher who reminds them of God’s love and who holds them accountable. When students know that their teachers care about them, they are more likely to respond well to instruction and correction. I am here to support them, respect them, and help them, and I encourage them to provide the same support, respect, and help for each other.
I encourage my students when they attempt new and challenging tasks. I teach them about the value of learning how to persevere through difficult tasks, and I give them time to work through difficulties on their own before I step in to assist. I remind students that, even when they fail, they are still loved and respected—God can work through our failures to teach us important lessons and draw us closer to Him.
Additionally, I have found that communication with parents is an effective tool in helping students learn responsibility. When teachers and parents work together as a team with a student’s best interests at heart, they can provide the student with consistent guidance and support in acquiring better work and study habits.
I want to teach my students responsibility, perseverance, and faith. My students learn that, by working hard, persevering, and following God’s will, they can achieve much. It is my goal that, after their time in my classroom, students are better equipped to face life’s challenges.
Name: Mr. Benjamin Montgomery Wish List
Title: Kindergarten Teacher
Benjamin Montgomery’s classroom learning environment is focused on a play-based learning style emphasizing problem solving, effective communication, and living in a Christ-like manner. He has been teaching since 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis from Concordia University, Nebraska. He is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Benjamin enjoys coaching Cross Country for the Middle School students as well as giving ukulele lessons. Benjamin’s goal with all students is to have them try their best, use their imagination, and be kind to one another, no matter their age.
I believe that all students can succeed at anything they try, and it is my job to guide and show them their true potential. I believe that learning can be accomplished through play. Play allows children to show interest in content, apply their knowledge to real world problems and examples, use their imagination, express who they are as people, and improve their social skills, all while having fun. My philosophy of teaching can be summed up with the following five pillars of Christian education:
- A safe and fostering environment is crucial to a child’s success in education. The more comfortable children are in the classroom, the more willing they are to branch out, take healthy risks, make mistakes (and be okay with not being correct), and eventually apply those skills and life events to future scenarios.
- Students should be encouraged to ask questions and be curious in their studies because the more they ask about the world and about their studies, the more they explore and succeed.
- Curriculum should be shown and taught in a variety of ways because all students have unique qualities that are waiting to be unlocked.
- Students should have the ability to take charge in their learning. This could be choosing a story to read, voting for a choice, or thinking outside the box when it comes to accomplishing center activates.
- Jesus must be a central focus. His power and love undergirds everything from the subjects taught, to classroom management, to social-emotional development. God works through every subject and in everyday happenings.
I, as the teacher, need to care, love, and support my students as a father would, because forming a reasonably personal bond helps strengthen the trust between student and teacher. I am a lifelong learner, and I want to prepare my students to become lifelong learners and appreciate God’s creation.
Name: Brooke Moxley Wish List
Title: Preschool Aide
Name: Mrs. Diana Nicholson Wish List
Title: Preschool Teacher
Diana Nicholson is a lead Pre-K teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School. She has worked at St. John’s since 2013, and previously taught for another local Christian preschool. Diana earned a Bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and received further certification from Forsyth Technical Community College. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and its North Carolina affiliate (NCAEYC). Diana and her family have been members of Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem since 1999. She teaches Sunday School, is a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and serves on the Congregational Care Committee. Diana has been a Girl Scout leader for two troops since 2008. Diana and her husband, Joel, have three daughters who all have attended (or still attend) St. John’s. When not involved in family activities, Diana likes to read, bake, and watch Carolina play basketball. Diana enjoys working with young children to show them the wonder of God’s world and to help them grow in confidence in their abilities.
I believe my most important duties as a teacher are to provide a stable, safe, and loving environment where children can grow in confidence in their abilities and learn about the wonders of God’s world. In my classroom children will continually be challenged with new skills and encouraged to try and not be intimidated by these activities. This self-confidence, independence, and pride in their work are important as the children prepare for Kindergarten. In addition to written work, my class also does a variety of activities such as science experiments, educational games, and field trips, which are designed to help children learn in fun and engaging ways. My hope is that children in my class enjoy what we do in class so much that they feel excited to come to school every day. Further, my hope is that this excitement and interest translates to a love of school throughout their academic careers.
Name: Rachel Reynolds
Title: School Food Service Coordinator
Rachel Reynolds – Learning the skills that would later aid in managing a busy, fast-paced school cafeteria, Rachel began her employment journey at the popular Southern chain “Bojangles,” where she became manager at the young age of 18. Since then, she has worked in delicatessens, bakeries, and even owned and operated her own food truck. Rachel earned a certification in early childhood education and served as a lead preschool teacher at St. John’s from 2005 to 2012. Then, in 2012, seeing the need for an experienced kitchen manager and combining her love for food and children, she became ServSafe certified and accepted the position as St. John’s head cook and manager of the school cafeteria. With the mindset of operating it as a “restaurant for kids,” she named it The Solid Rock Café and has been serving delicious school lunches and snacks ever since.
Name: Mrs. Jessica Shea Wish List
Title: Physical Education Teacher, Middle School Social Studies, 6th Homeroom
Class website: Mrs. Shea's Class
Jessica Shea teaches middle school Social Studies, K–8 P.E., and middle school Computer. She has been teaching at St. John’s since the 2010–2011 school year. Mrs. Shea attended Concordia University, Nebraska, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Physical Education along with a Lutheran Teachers Diploma. Mrs. Shea has been certified as a Pediatric and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED provider since 2004. She also received and has maintained certification as a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor since 2011. Mrs. Shea coaches soccer and coordinates the spring track meet. Mrs. Shea helps lead chapel on Wednesday mornings and actively participates in the contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings. Mrs. Shea is a member of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sports Medicine (NC-AAHPERD-SM) along with the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).
I believe that students are a gift from God and He has entrusted me with the task of instructing and loving them to help shape their lives as He intended. It is my prayer that my middle school social studies students leave each school year excited to learn more about the world around them and try to find ways to experience cultures in different ways. I want my K-8 PE students to have the knowledge and skills to try new activities or be able to play pick-up games with friends and family.
I strive to keep a structured flow in lessons and in expectations in the classroom, whether in the gym or classroom. I use a variety of methods for instruction. Students take notes, collaborate in groups, present PowerPoint presentations, and create projects.
My desire is to create a partnership with parents so we can work together with their children. I want students to learn organization, demonstrate responsibility, and enjoy a safe and nurturing learning atmosphere. I believe that I am a better teacher when I push myself as a learner. To that end, I regularly look for professional development opportunities, at conferences and online. I use the tools I learn through such programs to improve my students’ learning experiences.
Name: Mrs. Debbie Patterson Wish List
Title: Art Teacher
Debbie Patterson is a PreK–8th grade Art Teacher. She began her teaching career in August of 1987. Mrs. Patterson taught in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system for 7 years and at the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts Art Honors Program prior to teaching at St. John's Lutheran School. Mrs. Patterson graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (K–12). Mrs. Patterson is a member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Her students consistently win awards in the Private School Art exhibit at the Dixie Classic Fair. She is a wife and mother of two adult daughters.
My art teaching philosophy is children have an inherent ability for creating art. I look at my students’ interests, their creative play, and their imaginative collections to make art lessons that are student-centered. I aim to engage the students by praise and to encourage their wonder through exploration and discovery. I present lessons in a way that inspires and empowers them to create. I incorporate hands-on learning with a positive attitude that captivates the students to learn and problem-solve, as well as have fun. It is my desire to assist students in developing their God-given potential and creativity through visual art.
Name: Stacey Perry
Title: Administrative Assistant
Name: Mrs. Jessica Thomas Wish List
Title: 1st Grade Teacher
Jessica Thomas has been teaching at St. John’s since 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. Jessica is a member of the Forsyth County Reading Association (FCRA). Jessica is the coordinator for the Accelerated Reading program at St. John’s. She is on the Children’s Ministry Team at her church, and she volunteers with Family Promise of Davie County. Jessica Thomas lives in Mocksville with her husband and two daughters. She has three dogs and her favorite hobby is reading.
My philosophy of education is that all children have a right to learn and reach their God-given potential. It is my desire to engage all learners, so I incorporate hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, and technology into my lessons. In my classroom, children can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
My ideal classroom environment is safe, loving, happy, and Christ-centered. This type of environment helps me to be a better teacher because it enables me to hold only the highest of expectations for my students, while sharing God’s love with them.
My goal as a teacher is to never stop learning and to instill that love of learning into my students. I would love to advance my career to further support education by going back to school for my Master’s Degree in the future.
Name: Mr. Bob Snyder Wish List
Title: 5th Grade Teacher
Bob Snyder began teaching in 1990. He taught French at Mineral Springs Elementary for four years before moving to Whitaker Elementary in 1994. At Whitaker he taught first, third, and fourth grades before retiring from the public school system in 2019. He specialized in teaching academically gifted students the last 19 years of his public school career. Mr. Snyder holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in K-6 education from Appalachian State University. He also holds a certificate in academically gifted education. Mr. Snyder is an active participant at Calvary Moravian Church and serves as chaplain for the Forsyth Civitan Club. He lives in Winston-Salem and enjoys time with family, church activities, and growing palms and other cold-hardy tropical plants outdoors.
My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and can learn. My teaching approach is traditional in that I use note taking, repeated practice, and real-life application to help students acquire and master new skills. Note-taking engages three of a student’s senses at once – hearing, sight, and touch – in order to move skills from short- to long-term memory. In addition to the student’s academic growth, I also strive to foster the student’s social, emotional, and spiritual growth. I believe it is essential to build positive relationships with students, and I strive to be approachable and treat them fairly and with dignity at all times.