Mike, Rochelle M.
B.A. and M.S., SUNY College at Cortland.
Teaching is an act of hope for a better future. The rewards of teaching are neither ostentatious nor obvious – they are often internal, invisible, and of the moment. But paradoxically, they can be deeper, more lasting, and less illusory than the cut of your clothes or the size of your home. The rewards of teaching might include watching a [student] and come alive to a particular literacy, discipline or way of thinking, or seeing another begin to care about something or someone in a way that he never cared before… There is a particularly powerful satisfaction in caring in a time of carelessness, and thinking in a time of thoughtlessness. The reward of teaching is knowing that your life makes a difference.
-- William Ayers
For me teaching is complex, often messy, and very much about connections of all kinds, especially human connections. It is often ambiguous and so much more about asking the right questions than providing the right answers. In that sense teaching and learning are intertwined - actively and simultaneously engaging both teacher and student. Teaching then becomes much more than technique and methodology and learning becomes more than the acquisition of information. Classrooms become places where we can discover as much about ourselves as we can about the material. Teaching is for caring people who reach deep for the best in themselves and are vigilant about looking for and nurturing the same in their students.
I am a professor of education and reading and chair of the childhood education program. I teach both Introduction to the Teaching Profession and College Reading and Study Skills. I am also a member of the English department. I hold a master's degree in education and have been teaching at Tompkins Cortland for 20 years.
I am an avid movie fan and news junkie. I love to spend time at and on Cayuga Lake and have a pretty decent fossil collection to prove it. I enjoy reading, gardening and crafts.