Hello! Welcome to my About Me page!
My name is Margaret Chow and I have been a Learning Behavior Specialist and English teacher since 2012. I worked for 6 years at Lincoln Park High School before becoming a Viking in 2018-2019. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, and I attended Lincoln Park High School as an IB student. I attended Roosevelt University for my Bachelors of Arts in Education. I have my Masters of Education from University of Illinois at Chicago.
My teaching philosophy: As an educator, I hope to motivate students in ascertaining their inner strengths and abilities and discovering what truly inspires them. I aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages students to trust their own opinions, while fostering confidence in order for students to realize their full potential. Due to these beliefs, I have a focus on developing a growth mindset in my students and using restorative justice in my classroom to drive instruction. None of this would be possible if I didn’t value my relationships with my students in and out of the classroom. I endeavor to establish good rapports with my students as soon as possible and to maintain this relationship as well. I know this is a tremendous factor in how much I can push my students and how much they trust me when they are given challenging work. The wide range of academic, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of students I have worked with has taught me that flexibility and caring combined with structure and high standards of learning and behavior are key to students' success.
Random Fun Fact: My favorite literary work is Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. I first read the play Freshman year of college and first saw the play years later starring Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as Gogo and Didi, respectively. I love the play so much, I named my dog Beckett (if you love dogs, take a look at my photo album for a picture of Beckett).
A couple of my favorite quotes:
ESTRAGON: There are times when I wonder if it wouldn't be better for us to part.
VLADIMIR: You wouldn't go far.
ESTRAGON: I was asleep! Why will you never let me sleep?
VLADIMIR: I felt lonely.