Learning is part of our daily lives, we learn from ourselves, each other, and the world around us. I believe that teaching takes passion, patience, time, support and self-motivation. Being a teacher is having students look up to you for eight hours a day, five days a week and being some of the first role models they will meet. Students may sometimes spend more hours in school than they will spend with their families. Every student is a different story with different families and different believes and values. Sometimes school can be the only scapegoat and safe place the student may have and I want the students to always have something to look forward too. I want to teach students to want to strive and succeed. I want them to motivate themselves and each other. I want them to know that they can learn and teach at the same time. I want them to lend a hand to their neighbors. I want them to feel what a teacher feels when all of her students have achieves their hardest goals.
I would like to begin teaching pre-k/ kindergarten general education and then take a step into elementary special education in a public-school setting. I have always wanted to be a pre-k teacher but it is something I only want to do for a while. My focus and goal is to focus on special education. Teaching in a special education classroom gives me a sense of motivation and the sense of striving for success, with a whole class to lead. Students with disabilities are separated from general education students while they are full of energy, goals and motivation. It is never the same routine with students with special needs, while in a general education class, it is the same routine over and over. Every day is a new day with different things to look forward too. I remember being a student intern in my high school special education classroom and every minute I was in there was a minute of happiness. Some students get closer to their goals with every day that goes by. Every day a student achieves something they have been trying for a very long time and the smile that reflects on their face is the most rewarding feeling in the world and nothing can beat that.
I knew I wanted to be a teacher since the day my sister was born, I knew I had just became someone else’s role model. I didn’t always teach her things, sometimes I learned from her than she ever learned from me. This lead me wanting to become a student intern in high school. I began as a third-grade general education student intern and then I became my high school special education intern. When I was given the opportunity to give lessons to the class, I knew that that was the one thing I wanted to do. When I came across things that at the time seemed difficult, I never took them as challenges or struggles, just another step.