Rashmi Laharia

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I believe that each student is a unique individual, who needs a stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. As a teacher, I find myself working toward one goal: choice. Students in my classroom are given the opportunity to make good choices daily, be it through reading, writing, math etc. If students learn to enjoy reading, their academic life will be so much more meaningful to them. It’s important to point out that in my class it’s not all about me. Oftentimes, students just want to be heard and I allow them the opportunity to speak, write and show what is on their minds.

One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs.

I want to foster in them the knowledge that they can grow up to become scientists, musicians, writers, doctors, archaeologists, whatever. I want them to be empowered to realize that their actions can have a positive impact not just on their community, but the world. I want them to be able to develop the social skills they’ll need to become compassionate.