"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." -Michelle Obama
Nayelly believes that to learn means to empower oneself with courage. Her goal as an educator is to empower her students and to teach them how to advocate for themselves and for others.
At the core of Nayelly’s teaching philosophy is the belief that her students must have a clear understanding of how what they learn is connected to the environments they inhabit. Unfortunately, many students believe that writing and literature do not have a connection to their environments. They see these as dated artifacts, as opposed to living, ever-evolving realities with the ability to empower them and their communities. Nayelly helps her students see the connection between their writing, their home, their community, and other environments they inhabit. In this way, writing, reading, and learning in general will be more than just another requirement that must be met with a “C” grade or better in order to move on to the next course. In addition to this, she encourages her students to bring into her classroom their skills, however misguided or on-point they may be, from other environments and past learning experiences.
Another crucial aspect of Nayelly’s teaching philosophy is a joyful classroom environment. In her classroom, Nayelly strives to foster a learning community so her students will understand that their audience unfurls past her as their teacher and grader toward their peers and environments, as well. Nayelly sees herself as more of a learning facilitator than an old-fashioned lecturer in the classroom. Teaching should not be one directional (teacher to student). Teaching and learning requires a community where ideas, language, and collaboration take center stage. Nayelly takes pride in creating an environment within her classroom in which students learn from and with each other in addition to herself. This is conducive to creating a space in which her students are encouraged to take the risks in their writing necessary to make them better writers and critical thinkers.