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Katie Peak ('14)

Year: Senior

Major/Concentration: IDLS/ Mathematics and Science


What are your expectations for this academic year?

Throughout this year, I plan to continue to enhance my knowledge and skills as an educator through a combination of classroom and on-the-job experience. I plan to use this year as a stepping stone in preparing me for graduate level work next year.


What inspired you to pursue a career in Education?

The teachers I had when I was an elementary school student really made a lasting impact that I have managed to keep with me all these years. Their creative style and techniques they used made my learning experience an enjoyable one. I want to be able to give my students in the future the same type of experience.


What is your teaching philosophy? 

I believe that teaching should take a student-oriented approach. Teachers should focus on facilitating educational exercises and activities, allowing the children to engage in the actual learning process, or making sense of the material in a way that fits their unique learning behavior or preferences.


What are your techniques in creating a safe and effective learning environment?

I have found that setting a relatively small, yet clear set of rules for the students to follow has been effective in creating a safe and effective learning environment. This allows students to learn in a flexible environment, encouraging them to voice their ideas and opinions. Also, by having a smaller set of rules, the students will not be overwhelmed with worrying about breaking the rules, allowing them to focus more on their studies and development.


How do you make learning fun?

Educational games are extremely effective in facilitating fun lessons. They allow the students to utilize important academic and interpersonal skills, while also showing them that learning doesn’t necessarily have to be “boring.” Educational games allow them to think of learning from a different viewpoint, which could in turn encourage them to pursue extracurricular educational activities in the future.