Hello! My name is Mrs. Emma Hicks, and I am the ESOL Inclusion Teacher at Cedartown High School. Originally, I am from the Philippines, and I've been here in the U.S. for 14 years. I obtained my first degree of Bachelors of Science in Commerce major in Accounting from Andres Bonifacio College, Dipolog City, Philippines. My first education allowed me to travel and work in 4 different countries in Southeast Asia, which gave me the opportunity to acquire and learn second language. When I came here in the U.S. I decided to be a teacher. With my mother's words of encouragement and with my husband's full support, I went back to college and graduated from the University of West Georgia in May 2010 with a degree of Bachelors of Science in Education major in Early Childhood Education with ESOL Endorsement.
My educational philosophy was born when my mother told me that, "Children are the future leaders of the world so let's take care of them". (My mother is a retired school teacher and raised 5 teachers in the family!) I believe that a child must meet his/her needs (physiological, safety, self-esteem, love and belongingness) before he/she can learn. I also believe that the schools' activities/assignments should include real world things/scenarios that the children can manipulate in order for them to have a positive learning experience so they can use their knowledge in the outside world to succeed in life. As a teacher, I do believe that teachers can make a big difference in a child's life!
My experiences in learning second language is a big help for me in working/teaching English Language Learners. Every day is a learning opportunity. I learned so much from my students and from teachers as well! I am blessed and thankful for being a part of a very supportive staff of Cedartown High School!
"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."