Emphasis on proper schooling and education from my parents while I was growing up has been a key influence in my life. Education can not only be the tool for success in life but the right education can also evolve a person into a complete human being. The world of knowledge and education can open endless doors and avenues in life. I strongly value the role of education in every individual’s life and believe that every child can learn. As a mother, while raising my two children I emphasized the same importance of education, as I had while I was growing up. Not only did I highlight the priority of everlasting influence of education in their lives but I firmly believe that proper education can lead to the growth of a strong moral character. The recipe for a strong moral character includes ingredients such as i) cognitive aspect which is being aware of values such as honesty, integrity etc, ii) affective part includes the conscience or desire to do the right thing iii) behavioral part implies the ability or capacity to do the right thing.
Children with special needs require the attention of special educators who are organized, patient, able to motivate students, understand their students' special needs, and accept differences in others. The role of a special educator is unique as it requires her/him to function as a facilitator of instruction, a behavior therapist, a role model as well as a mediator. He /she needs to have excellent training in his field to perform this task. I perceive that education can bring in a change in an individual's life and situation permanently.
After my first interview at LIU for getting admission in their Master's Program in Education I became a firm believer of undertaking the dual program curriculum which required not only time and effort but serious commitment. Starting from the very first course " Lives of children" and then walking through all the teaching methods courses of Science, Math, Social studies and English, followed by Collaboration, Multicultural Education, Assessment, Classroom Management, Promoting wellness and Issues in Education provided me with the basis of strong foundation of imparting knowledge in today's very cosmopolitan, growing and global society. However, the courses Intro to students with Learning Problems, Teaching students with Learning Problems, Intro to Students with disabilities and Practicum in Literacy for Students with Learning Problems have presented me with a unique perspective of teaching those students with special needs who are capable of learning just like their peers in a general education classroom with an extra helping of motivation, patience, behavior management, caring and encouragement.
My student teaching placement in a classroom of ten autistic children provided multiple instances where in spite of emotional, social disruptions and physical barriers learning continues to take place. Under the guidance of these highly qualified teachers the children come to school, learn, grow and conquer a bit of their disappointment. This experience was enriching and provided me with all the right tools to educate particularly the children with special needs so that they can become a valuable and contributing member of the society in spite of all their difficulties.
My Master's in Elementary and Special Education degree from Long Island University in May 2012 New York State certifications in Elementary and Special Education have contributed towards my academic advancements. My present job as a SETTS teacher has enriched me with the experience, knowledge and techniques of teaching and classroom management skills. I am quite optimistic that my diverse educational background, skills and experiences will enrich the students that I come across.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Purchase College,NY - Bachelors, Liberal Arts
Graduate Degree: Long Island University-Westchester Campus - Masters, Elementary and Special Education
State Certified Teacher
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