Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education SEI Endorsement
Ms. Rachel Hoover
Hello everyone, welcome to my webpage! My name is Ms. Hoover, and I am a 4th grade teacher here at Holaway Elementary School! I am so excited that I have this opportunity to teach your student this year! I have lived in Tucson for the majority of my life, and recently, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Education has always been my largest passion in life, ever since I was young. I was fortunate enough, during my formative years, to be graced with the opportunity of having teachers who truly cared about the field of education, and were dedicated to inspiring their students to be lifelong learners. My early life was greatly impacted by my childhood educators, and they instilled into me values that, to this day, are so vital, such as curiosity, determination, and respect. My respect for them led to me discovering my own interest in teaching, and I have now found that the highlights of my weeks are in the classroom, where I see the excited looks on my student's faces as they finally grasp a new concept. The future of the world begins with the children of today, so we need to ensure that we create a generation of people who care, who know they can do anything they put their mind to. We need our students to be people who have a voice, who know they can make changes however big or small. I have the opportunity, as a teacher, to be able to impact the lives of so many, and I hope to be as big an influence on them as my teachers were on me growing up. Being in a position where I can touch the lives of so many students, and encourage them to be the best they can be, is my passion, and I feel so happy knowing that I can provide your students with a safe place to learn, grow, and develop as a student, and as a person.
My Philosophy of Teaching:
Children, often times, spend more time in one day with their teacher than they spend with their own family. At home, they have built up a series of connections and relationships with their family, that is the foundation of every discussion or conversation they have. When it comes to effective educating, we must mirror this idea of relationships, and see the connection between the teacher and the student as essential. Much of my thoughts behind teaching stem from the quote, "No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship." A child cannot effectively learn when they feel unsafe, insecure, or scared. The classroom must be a place where a student feels welcomed and accepted, where they know their ideas will be respected and encouraged. An effective educator is one who knows their student, their interests, their strengths, their backgrounds. Each attribute of a child's life is a tool that educators can, and should, use to better guide and form instruction. The words that we say are what guide our actions, our mindset, and our existence. In the classroom, a teacher must instill into children the idea of positivity, where if they put their mind to doing something, they can achieve it. Letting our students know that they can push themselves to accomplish great things, only if they try, is something that sets them up for success both inside and outside the classroom. It is the job and the responsibility of every teacher to guide their students through the process of personal growth, which begins by motivating them to be determined, and to never give up. Each student, regardless of their perceived level of capability, should be held to the same standard in regards to achievement, where they all should be told that they can do anything they put their mind to. Every day, each and every student should tell themselves that they can do it, and they will do it, whatever that action may be.