Pamela Bodiford’s Educational Philosophy
As a teacher to students with exceptional learning needs at Van Wert Elementary, I promise to provide each student with a nurturing and caring environment based on their specific and unique individual needs. I also promise to provide each student an education that is specifically based on their learning needs and strengths while providing an opportunity for each student to achieve success. I will set my expectations high for each student and not expect or allow failure. Moreover, I promise to allow each student the opportunity to actively explore in the learning process through hands-on, inquisitive based learning. I also pledge to use scientifically based research to provide the necessary modifications needed to help each student learn and grow in his/her academic career.
For the caregivers of children with exceptional needs, I promise to adhere to the highest standard of quality of learning for each child in my classroom. I also guarantee that all caretakers and other professionals will be included in educational decisions that are made in the best interest of each student. I also promise to make educational decisions to the best of my ability with the student’s best interest in mind. Most importantly, I pledge to adhere to a high level of confidentiality and write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to the best of my ability.
Lastly, I promise to be an active member in the special education community constantly learning and improving. I promise to be a lifelong learner and stay currently informed on new special education laws and changes to better teach my students. I also guarantee that I will do everything within my ability as a special educator to students with exceptional needs to guarantee each student a chance to learn, grow, and become as independent as possible in the school and community.