Carolyn Washington’s philosophy about teaching is simple. She agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy” but what she meant was you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives.
The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” Carolyn Washington believes that research is clear, when students know you value them as a human being, not just another student; they will work harder for you and challenge you less.
She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names. Carolyn Washington believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom.
Carolyn Washington believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few. Carolyn Washington understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.
Carolyn Washington also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Beavis and Butthead, MTV, BET, Bart Simpson, Jersey Shores and a myriad of other influences. Carolyn Washington knows there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Carolyn Washington is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as she can. After all, it was a teacher who once helped Carolyn Washington overcome external and internal challenges that could have ultimately affected her being able to graduate on time.
With the encouragement and influence of a well-prepared and loving classroom, Carolyn Washington now finds herself making a difference for those in education.
- Former Teacher and Counselor
- Former Special Education Case Manager
- Former School Principal
- Adjunct Professor
- University Field Supervisor for New Teachers
- Online Higher Ed. Instructor
- Former Director of Federal, State and Local Grants
- National Trainer, Classroom Management
- National Trainer, Differentiated Instruction
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WOSB)
- Women's Business Enterprise Alliance (WBE)
- State of Texas HUB City of Houston
- Certified Texas Educator
- Certified Texas School Principal
- Certified Texas School Counselor
- Certified Special Education Counselor