"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that,
you can make anything happen."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A Little About Me:
My name is Heather Gurnick. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Education. Following graduation, I worked as a teacher assistant at a small K-12 magnet school for one year before returning to school to obtain my teaching credential at Cal State University Northridge. I am halfway through the program and will complete my final semester of student teaching this spring. I hope to obtain a teaching position within an elementary school and use the lessons I have been learning through my past and present field experiences to educate young students in the most meaningful and effective way that I can provide.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Teachers play a vital role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children during their formative years. At the elementary school level children are learning how to understand abstract ideas, become active problem solvers, and develop critical thought processes. I believe that children learn best when their natural curiosity has been sparked and when they feel like valued members of the community. I believe in a safe and stimulating learning environment that encourages respect, creativity, and focus. Each student comes to the classroom with a unique set of experiences and abilities. It is my job to draw upon their experiences and abilities. In doing so, I'll value their individual journey and build bridges to new knowledge. Overall, it is my goal as an educator to teach young students to see the vitality in themselves by extending my knowledge and enthusiasm for learning. I hope that I can be looked at as a positive role model and a resource for support and guidance for future students.
Purpose Of This Webpage:
I have created this website for my Basic Technology Methods course at California State University Northridge. This course has allowed me to demonstrate my ability to use diverse computer technology methods to create various teaching materials that may be previewed in my portfolio. The teaching materials include a class welcome letter, a list of teaching web resources, a gradebook, a school newsletter, and a powerpoint.