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Education
  • Proud Graduate of Selma High School

  • WCCS-Cosmetology (Certified Cosmetologist 10 + years)

  • WCCS-Associate in Arts (Honors)

  • WCCS- Associate  in Science (Honors)

  • Concordia College Bachelor of Science in Education (Magna Cum Laude)

  • University of West Alabama  Master's of Education K-6



Experience

I have been employed with Selma City Schools since 2007.

I have experience in the following positions:

  • Substitute Teacher 
  • Instructional aide
  • Learning Lab assistant
  • 5th grade teacher present position

 



Bio

My name is Tamera Carter; I am from Selma, Alabama. I am happily married with three blessed children. I attended Concordia College- Selma and graduated with honors magna cum laude as an Elementary Education major. I am currently a fifth grade teacher at The Clark Elementary school located in Selma, Alabama. I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom despite of his or her learning abilities. In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, I think that teachers must fully understand the importance of their job. First, I believe that teachers must consider teaching to be a lifestyle, not a mere forty-hour-a-week job, because a teacher's goals for his/her students cover much more than relaying out-of-context facts to passive students, students who are not participating actively in a lesson or setting. As professionals entrusted with the education of young minds, teachers must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically. By providing a quality education to each individual in one's classroom, a teacher equips children with the tools necessary for success in life. A teacher must also have positive expectations. This means believing in each student and believing that the student can learn and be successful. Students only learn as much as the teacher expects; teachers who set high expectations for their students will receive higher achievement from their students. It is amazing to see what students can accomplish when they know and sense that someone believes in them. It is my aspiration as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential.  My goal is to establish an environment where my students feel safe and comfortable taking risks with new learning, an environment that will give them opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas. In order to accomplish these goals, I think it is important first to establish a mutually respectful, honest bond with students — a relationship in which communication is one of the highest priority, you must get to know your students. Through this relationship, a fair, equal environment based on trust and caring establishes in the classroom, making it possible to interact confidently and safely in an academic setting with all students.  Academic learning must begin with motivation and inspiration. Students deserve an educator's passion for both the subject at hand and learning as a whole. Teaching and learning become a coinciding journey for both the teacher and students.  By a teacher’s genuine intensity for learning, students are motivated to learn because everyone is ready and willing to participate in active learning. To achieve active learning, a teacher must demonstrate enthusiasm and express confidence in the students' abilities to learn and be successful.  Displaying warmth and compassion shows students that teachers love them and are understands their feelings as human beings. It is my goal to provide one on one mentoring to my students as needed, One-on-one mentoring involves personal conversations about goals, and taking time to share ideas and experiences. To be a mentor to every student, a teacher must project positively, exhibit flexibility and confidence, set high expectations for one, and demonstrate fairness and consistency. In doing so as educators we are setting examples so that students can see appropriate adult behaviors first-hand and begin to emulate them as they mature. I believe that all children have the ability to learn and the right to a quality education. All youths, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and capabilities should have the opportunity to learn from professional, well-informed teachers who are sophisticated and knowledgeable; both in their area of by having a personal relationship with every student, a teacher can give each an equal chance of success. By recognizing every student's potential and having separate, individual goals for each, a teacher can accommodate personal needs and abilities and encourage the pursuit of academic aspirations. I think that teaching and learning are a give and take process as educators we are teaching and learning from our students’ everyday as they learn from us. When teachers nurture individual talents in each child, educators can build self-esteem and may encourage a lifelong skill. In addition to having a reciprocal relationship with one's students, it is vitally important for teachers to form partnerships with fellow educators. Solid communication among teachers will promote the sharing of ideas and methods and provide a network of support. By working as an educational team, teachers will continue to develop their craft and give the best education possible to their students. In choosing to become a teacher, I have made the commitment not only to myself but also to my future students, to be the best academic, personal, and ethical role model I can be. It is my goal to have a mutually enriching teaching career by keeping an open mind and continually communicating with my peers and students. I am prepared to rise to the challenges of teaching in the 21st century, and I promise to try to provide an honest, well-rounded education to every student I encounter in the future.