What does it mean to go north?
Go north is a meaning of perseverance, and dedication to staying positive. This phrase is important to me as a teacher, and also a philosophy I attempt to instill in my students.
Sure, life is full of mistakes, but instead of seeing mistakes as a negative, I believe mistakes are meaningful learning experiences.
Walt Disney portrays this ideology of going north beautifully:
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When I graduated from high school in 2007, I made my way to The College of Education at Michigan State University to earn a degree in Elementary Education. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with two minors, one in Mathematics and the other in Language Arts. I have always been a Spartan, and have made my way back to campus to complete my Masters Degree in Education Technology!
After graduation, I committed to a yearlong teaching internship and was placed in a fourth grade classroom at Burton Elementary in the Grand Rapids Public School District (GRPS). Burton is an urban school within GRPS, and is a PK-8 building that includes a Middle School upstairs. This placement was an enormous undertaking, and the growth I developed as a teacher is irreplaceable.
In October of 2012 I was hired to work for Chicago Public Schools. I taught 5th grade at Lloyd Elementary School for three years. Majority of my students were English Language learners, and I was fortunate enough to work collaboratively with a fantastic group of special education teachers to provide accommodations to students with an IEP. My adventure in Chicago was the most humbling experience in my life, but my journey to go north continued.
I am currently a fourth grade teacher at Ada Elementary in Forest Hills Public School District in Grand Rapids Michigan. I have made my way back to my hometown, but with more experiences that I can reflect upon that I ever expected to have at this point in my career.
My journey in education has been the most demanding, yet rewarding experience and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else! I love what I do, and I look forward to going north throughout the future in my personal journey as an educator AND learner.
My I believe video talks shares more about my beliefs in the classroom!