Tess Simpson

Personalized Learning Guide

(Moderate Needs Teacher)

I am an educator at heart – it is my true passion and brings me so much joy. Even with all that passion, my journey to teaching has been just that – a journey! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. After receiving my degree, I worked as Volunteer Coordinator at Camp Aldersgate, a camp for children with special needs and medical conditions. Next, I joined Teach for America and taught for two years at a new school as their founding special educator. During this time, I also received my masters from the University of Colorado in Curriculum and Instruction. I loved this first teaching position but politics pushed me away. I then taught for five years as a severe needs teacher, and loved it.

 

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” - John W. Gardner

I have always wanted to ignite a passion for education, independence, and problem solving in students. To do this we must let them tend to their own gardens with guidance from us. As a student, I was taught to learn teachers’ teaching styles and then re-create that in assignments.  This is regurgitation and not true learning – exactly the opposite of what I want for my students!  Now, I have a three year old, Cooper, entering pre-school and I want his educational experience to grow his garden and not just hand him cut flowers. I see RSS as a school that cultivates gardens instead of giving students cut flowers and this is why I am so excited to be a part of this team!

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8:30 am - 4:45 pm

RENAISSANCE SECONDARY SCHOOL • 3954 TRAIL BOSS LANE • CASTLE ROCK, CO 80104 • PHONE: (720) 689-6120

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