I have been an English language teacher for over a decade and it has been an amazing teaching experience as well a tremendous learning one. Beginning my career in Fairfax, Virginia, then continuing it in the state of Georgia was quite rewarding. My life made an exponential shift when I moved to Japan to expand on my career. Throughout the years, working as a teacher has drawn in numerous benefits, yet moving to Japan has allowed me to seek a deeper and more challenging method of expanding my creative skills ondesigning instruction. One of the most important aspects of teaching is preparing and presenting materials that work wonders in the classroom and/or the business environment for adult learners. Hence, that is where my passion for challenge begins. I have been learning to become a more resourceful, meticulous and rather innovative profession when referring to instructional design and education in general. With that being noted, below, I introduce (but I am not limited to) the areas I have, will and can center on.
What is my story? Let me officially introduce myself! Hello reader, my name is Jennifer Lee Gutierrez. I am a New Yorker who loves to understand the mind and how it learns, therefore I educate. More importantly, I am fascinated by the ways in which I could find novel methods of exposing information to both children and adults alike. Education is one of the most valuable assets I have discovered in my life and why not enjoy tweaking it in vast ways to continue to make it appeal to all learners of diverse generations?
I am the daughter of a teacher and never thought I would become one when I turned 26. I stumbled upon an opportunity that drew me in. It was my first teaching opportunity at an adult ESL (English as a Second Language) school. For some strange reason, my excitement overlapped any of the other teachers at that school. At this particular point in my life, I knew that I wanted to hold a significant role in the way people learned in my classroom. I watched how the veteran teachers manifested the classroom and how the less enthusiastic did the same. My mind was set to be the best I could be and provide an unforgettable experience.
The brain has always been a strong interest of mine. I love to ask questions and see how they decipher them, how they postulate their answers and their take on education as a whole. It is my duty to assess how the materials and information can be beneficial to each and everyone of the learners. Therefore, I love to personalize lessons (or in larger group settings, prepare for assorted learning styles) and connect them to their past, present and/or future. Once hooked, the learners could divulge heaps of personal knowledge to the class and/or the workplace.
As you can read, I love education, the way the brain works and constantly finding out how to entertain it with education, connect it to each person and assess how it has changed their lives. With the passion I have for education, it has come to my attention that instructional design/curriculum design and teaching are what make my career worth every moment.