My name is Mr. Garrity. I have been teaching elementary school since 2009, and have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. I have worked in four schools in four states, and taught in both public schools and public charter schools.
Needless to say, I have experienced a lot. I have seen proud tears on the faces of parents and teachers as 24 families pack into my kindergarten classroom to see their children explain the life cycle of a darkling beetle. I have felt joy resonate inside me when our Reading Specialist tells me that one of my 3rd graders bumped up her reading level. I have listened as educators collaborate to develop the perfect problem for 1st graders to solve while learning economics and multi-digit addition. I have seen countless teachers leave the profession citing exhaustion, high stress, and a feeling of failure.
I am, as many educators are, caught in a complex tension between mandates from the adults in our educational hierarchy and inspiration from the students I get to teach every day. In response to this tension, I attempt to be led more and more by the natural curiosity of my students. My hope is to foster within them the knowledge, skills, practices, and self-efficacy to find their place in this world, by making their educational experience equal parts fun, engaging, and challenging.