Monday, 18 July 2016

Annette Lambeth - Helping those Who Need it Most

I have always held the belief that what makes a good profession is something in which you are helping give something back to, help or develop people. My interest has always lied in the field of education. As a student, as I was interested in understanding the way in which different types of people learn, and how to best utilize this knowledge to make for the most efficient teaching methods. Trying to encourage children to be enthusiastic about learning can be a tough task, and is the lifeblood of what spurs good teachers into being the best they can.
I, Annette Godfrey Lambeth, have always liked to engage with the debate surrounding the state of the current American education system It is one of the most hotly contested issues that sparks debate in the public and political spheres, and is something that will continue to be analyzed and changed throughout human history. In America, many now, especially those working in the industry, feel that there is a certain amount of injustice in the way the system currently operates. As it stands, the curriculum's in many states is structured to develop the interests and only help pursue fairly academic minds. Whilst it is important to cultivate our brightest students to develop the next generation of scientists, thinkers and politicians, many children get left behind in the current system
For myself, it is these children who aren't able to perform academically as well as others, for reasons to do with mental disabilities or generally having a different set of cognitive skills. At university I dedicated my research on better understanding how to develop teaching methods to get the best out of children with learning disabilities. I researched and published a paper named “Learning Style preferences for Secondary Students identified with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”, which was well received in the education community.
My interest in helping those children who need it the most developed from my university research, and led my to a career in pursuing change and help for these individuals. I always liked the famous proverb that a society can be judged by the way it treats those most in need. For me, children with learning disadvantages are those exact people, and by providing them with a good education and the tools needed to learn, we can significantly help a new generation fulfill their potential. You can read more about my work here at Annette Lambeth's Bio.