Philosophy of ProfessionSeneca King I like to think that there is a teacher in all of us, some learn to strengthen this skill, others don’t. I believe I am one of those people who is a natural teacher. At the first real job I ever had, as a hostess at a Bonefish Grill, which I will be celebrating my 10-year anniversary in August, I was promoted to a trainer within the first six months of working there.
I was in charge of training new hires, organizing and leading host training meetings, making sure all hosts were up-to-date on their tests, and leading daily line-ups (similar to a morning meeting that it takes place first thing every shift, but we discuss the course of action for the night). Since then, I have continued to rise up the ladder at Bonefish Grill, and am now a key holder. Through my continuity at Bonefish, I have shaped myself into a hardworking, dedicated leader in the service industry. I have developed as a leader, and as a support and foundation for my team. I found my calling in life, a combination of being a role model, continuous education, and being a strong leader, but I felt that the service industry was not rewarding, or fulfilling the work I wanted to do. I realized I wanted to be an educator, and a role model for children, I wanted to teach. Due to my long history with the service industry, I have seen and heard a lot. Because of this, I am huge on the idea of honesty.
I hope to instill in my future students how important honesty is in my classroom. I cannot help a student succeed if they are not honest and straightforward with me. I work in an industry where 75% of the staff really doesn’t want to be there, a staff that would rather make money to go out than to save up for a 401K or a roth IRA. Not to say that my coworkers are not amazing people, but just to paint a picture of where their mindset is. I understand what it feels like to try to motivate the unmotivated, but if you start with an honest answer, we can begin to work on a solution to solving the problem. I have developed into a person who has to think about 14 other people before herself. I have developed into someone who understands that you must first set by example to lead, and someone who understands that respect must be given in order for it to be accepted. My journey through the food service industry has helped me to hone-in and develop good management skills that will transfer over into the teaching field.
My philosophy as a teacher is one that every student can succeed if everyone has the right support behind them. If we start by being honest, we can work to cater to whatever a student needs. If a student continually tries, then I will do everything in my power to help them succeed. Your education is your own experience, and it is what you make of it. I want my future classroom to be inspired to create their very best educational experience, and know that as long as they try, they can succeed. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t learning. If you aren’t trying, you aren’t succeeding. I hope to instill in my future classroom autonomy, and self-awareness in all of my students, so that they may begin to develop tools for future endeavors.
Self-awareness for my first graders would look different for my fifth graders by students monitoring their feelings/ actions with colors, while my fifth graders would be more self-aware of their study habits, and class management and behavior. Self-awareness is important to success, because if you are not aware of how you react and respond to situations, you cannot grow from either. Growth is such a small word with such a big impact. In my class, I want students to understand how important growth is, and not compared to someone else. My journey with multiple sports has shown me that you can’t compare yourself to the LeBron James’s of the world, because I am not LeBron, I am Seneca King who can make a shot from the free-throw lane, and I take that small victory graciously.
I hope that I can instill in children the philosophy that they have all the tools to succeed as long as they try. Their education is their own, and I am their biggest cheerleader and support. My experiences as a key holder and shift leader at Bonefish has taught me the importance of learning your staff, or students, to learn what they like and what self-motivates them. Cater lessons and assignments to your students, let them decide what they will be comparing in a math problem, let students decide what topics they want to look up for their history project. My students and their passions and interests should be the driving force behind my lesson. After all, this is their educational journey that I am a part of, not my journey they must endure.