Meet Walking Classroom Ambassador Dottie Rutherford. Dottie works with students from second to sixth grade through Communities in Schools, an out-of-school time program in Texas. Dottie has worked in education for over 15 years, and she has been using The Walking Classroom for about three years. She was previously recognized as a “Gem in the Field” in the Walking Classroom’s blog last year.
What are your memories of yourself when you were in elementary school?
I remember playing outside when I was that age.
What led you to become an educator?
I became an educator because I wanted to help kids succeed.
Share your educational philosophy in one to three sentences.
I believe that students need guidance and boundaries in order to succeed. They don’t know what is expected of them so we, as adults, need to guide them in the right direction.
What is your favorite content area/topic to teach? Why?
I like teaching science, because I love the hands-on aspect of it.
What is your favorite podcast or Walking Classroom memory and why?
My favorite memory was when my whole fourth grade group was in amazement over what they were learning. You could see the reaction in their faces.
What is your best teaching memory?
When a student said to me, “Wow! I never knew that!”
What advice would you give to a new teacher?
Find your direction and lead your students.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family and camping.
Name something you’d like to cross off your bucket list.
A visit to the Grand Canyon.
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