My teaching philosophy stems from my own experiences as a student and teacher. I have always believed that education is a culmination, or bringing together, of our unique experiences and differences in a way that allows us to reflect on our own lives and the world we live in. This sharing of ideas, thoughts, opinions, and information allows us to expand our thinking and develop the necessary skills that will enable us to not only recognize our own potential, but also to inspire others in a way that allows them to recognize, and reach, their own potential. Creating a learning environment that allows for these meaningful opportunities to take place is essential. By doing so, we allow for classroom discourse and instruction to teach all students how to think, not what to think. This skill, I believe, is one of the most important, beneficial things we, as educators, can seek to develop within our students.