My name is Ms. Raffel and I am excited to introduce myself as your teacher. This is my fourth year here at Tri-Village. I graduated from Otterbein University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Literary Studies and from Antioch University Midwest in 2015 with a Master's degree in Education. Originally from the village of Cedarville, I currently reside in Piqua with my husband and two German Shepherd dogs. My philosophy of teaching is founded on two guiding beliefs. The first is the belief that all children can learn and the second is my belief in the ability of education to change the world. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Genius without education is like silver in the mine” and I truly believe that every individual child is a genius in their own unique way and they deserve an education that will help uncover their genius and inspire their one-of-a-kind contributions (“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”1). These beliefs will guide my practice, because I recognize that not all children learn the same. With the goal of inspiring life long learners, I aim to create a learning environment that encourages students to feel safe and comfortable in the exchanging of ideas. My goal as a teacher is not just that my students will learn, but that I can inspire them to see the importance of what they're learning while nurturing an environment of respect and comfort where they feel that their voice is heard and appreciated.
1 Whitman, Walt. “O Me! O Life!” Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia: David McKay, [c1900].