In my 15 years of teaching at MS 118, I have learned so much from my students. It’s what keeps me coming back to the profession year after year. I think every student has the potential to be great. It is paramount to have parents involved in their child’s education and it’s my priority to involve and communicate with them as often as possible. As a middle school educator, I am sensitive to the social/emotional issues students are experiencing on a daily basis and I feel this has to be accounted for when planning curriculum and instruction. Children need a safe haven at school and I do my very best to provide that for them with a positive and inviting learning environment free from bullying behaviors and prejudice. I am one of the co-creators of the culturally responsive curriculum for 8th grade ELA here at 118 and I believe this will help students grapple with these times of racial injustice in our country.