I'm Elizabeth Decker, and I’ve been teaching for fifteen years. For the last seven years, I have been teaching English, World History, and Humanities at Townview Magnet Center. Prior to Townview, I taught for two years at Harry Stone IB World Academy. My undergraduate education includes a Bachelor of Arts with a double-major in English and Philosophy, from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I completed my graduate work at the University of Dallas, earning a Master’s in Humanities, with a literature focus. I’m a bit of a martial arts enthusiast and I enjoy practicing Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. I also love to read and travel. I have two adorable Pitbulls that demand a great deal of my attention. Throughout my years of teaching, I’ve been asked to write about my educational philosophy and over time it has gotten shorter and shorter. From my perspective, the only way that students grow intellectually is through effort. This effort comes through struggle and pushing themselves. As an educator, I think that the best thing that I can do for a student is to help them develop their own self-discipline and inner drive so, that they can remain active learners throughout their lives.