Welcome to another ETalk, where we introduce an amazing person at Elevate K-12 involved in revolutionizing education through high-quality live online instruction inside schools!
Name: Kathleen J.
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Experience With Elevate K-12: 1 year
Expert/Superstar In: Science
What excites you most about teaching your particular subject?
To me, understanding science is a way of revealing the mysteries of how our universe works.
What do you like most about live, online instruction?
Live online instruction is exciting! I love having prepared lessons so that I can focus on bringing my passion for the subject to the students and focus on keeping them engaged and excited by the material.
Elevate K-12 works with a lot of struggling students. What do you like most about working with those students?
I prefer working with students who may need some extra support. Our students who need additional support are often the ones that can show the greatest growth and improvement. Some of our students have challenges and struggles to overcome and those students will certainly keep us on our toes! When we can find methods to help our struggling students, those methods often work well for all students- that is winning in the classroom!
What do you like about working from home/remotely?
I have some health issues which make the flexibility of working from home a much better choice for me. I love that I can still teach science and make a valuable contribution to science education. I love that working from home removes geographic barriers for both teaching and learning.
Describe your best moment teaching live and online. Be specific!
I recently happened to be traveling in an area near my school. I arranged a visit to the school, with all of the appropriate permissions, but did not tell the students ahead of time! I logged into class at the start but didn’t turn on the camera right away. After a few minutes, I was able to walk into the room and shock my students by being there in person! Their surprise and happiness were priceless!
Tell us a little more about who you are–what do you like to do? What’s your favorite hobby? What’s something super surprising about you? Be creative!
When I am not teaching, my favorite thing to do is attend comic conventions! I sew and make costumes for my son (11 years old) and I to cosplay. Morticia Addams (Addams Family) and Lady Tsunade (Naruto franchise) are my favorite costumes to wear. I also love playing Dungeons & Dragons and other board games, watching anime, and reading sci-fi and fantasy novels.
Thanks, Kathleen J.!