I teach because I love children. I want them to love learning as much as I love teaching. I hope to teach my students how to be an active and contributing member of our classroom. As a contributing member, every child has an important and meaningful job to do everyday. My students are actively learning by participating in large group, small group, individual work and hands-on activities. I strive to teach them to respect themselves and the rights of others. I believe when children feel safe and socially included, active citizenship and personal development are enhanced. If they can learn the skills needed to be an active and contributing member of our classroom, then one day they can extend these skills to the larger community.  -- Amy Hernandez