A Little Bit About Woodie
My name is Woodrow Guida, but I have been known as Woodie since I was a kid. I went to elementary school at Fruitvale Elementary in Hemet. I went to middle school at Santa Fe Middle School in Hemet. And I went to High School at West Valley in Hemet. I have lived in Hemet, California since I was 4 years old, and my family and I moved here from Arizona where I was born. I am a big sports fan, and I enjoy watching Baseball, Football, Hockey, and I am looking forward to the World Cup. I started my college experience attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as an Electrical Engineer, but I learned it wasn't something for me. It was through experiences there that I learned I wanted to become a teacher, and I chose CSUSM as the place I would achieve this goal.
I am fairly capable at all things technology, and I am a pretty quick learner. So on the technology continuum I would have to say I am near the more advanced end, most likely a 8-9 on a 10 point scale. Don't ask me to do anything too artistic though, I am about a 1-2 on this. I tend to shy away from having too many things technology-wise, and I only ever use things when I need to. But overall I enjoy this "whole computer thing."
The CSUSM mission statement really appeals to the teacher who thinks there is still room for improvement in the teaching profession. I like to think of myself as one of these people as well. My old teachers seem so stale when I look back at them. I remember hearing from them "if I spend more time on this with you then it isn't fair to the rest of the class." How can you treat your kids with equity when you think like this? I feel there is as much room to grow as educators as there is for students. I also agree very strongly about being committed to social justice. We should be role models for our kids, as well as be there to protect our kids. And lastly, I feel very strongly on the need for collaboration, because things are much easier and more enjoyable when we have other people there to help us or improve our lesson plans.