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Johanna Pon-an

Shadow Teacher
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Hello! My name is Johanna and this will be my second year as a Shadow Teacher at HeadStart. I am extremely excited to meet you all and begin teaching children at our fantastic school. As a special educator, teaching exceptional children is my passion and I can't imagine doing anything else. We will find exciting ways to learn and grow together every day! Looking forward to a year of fun-filled learning adventures. I am from the Philippines but I have been living in Phuket for three years now. I graduated a degree in Bachelor of Special Education focused on children with Intellectual Disabilities and Gifted & Talented as well. I am a licensed professional teacher and had experiences on organising learning activities tailored to students with special needs, learning capacities, standards, and Intellectual Disabilities. I’ve been a Homeroom Teacher in a Bilingual School here in Phuket and my two-year broad experience exposed me to many different teaching philosophies and have ultimately helped to shape my own personal philosophies for teaching and education. I love learning new things and always try to stay up to date on the latest teaching practices. As a special education teacher, I believe that every child is special, unique and has the ability to learn in distinct ways. Every student can learn best when he/she is engaged and having fun. It is the responsibility of the teacher to discover each child's strengths and weaknesses and use this information to promote learning and development. I highly believe that parents and teachers should work together as partners to help provide an education that encourages students to pursue academic excellence to the best of their abilities. In addition, it is important to provide children with a warm, safe, and inviting learning environment where they can play, discover, and grow. With an appropriate classroom and the proper guidance and instruction, I believe young children will develop a positive attitude towards education, along with the self-confidence and independence necessary to become successful adults in the future.

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." - Forest Witcraft
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