Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of teaching. I would set up my stuffed animals, read to them, and teach them. As I grew up, I was able to babysit and see the true potential of children and the joy that they brought to me. In high school, I had the opportunity to work with kindergartners and 3rd-5th graders. This was when I realized that teaching was something that I was passionate about. I loved having that interaction with students and loved watching them succeed. I graduated high school and then went out to BYU-Idaho, far from home. It was here that I would pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts.
After heading off to college for a semester, I decided that I would do a year and a half mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Only knowing the Spanish from 3 years of high school, this was an experience that was putting me way out of my comfort zone. From this experience, I learned just how difficult it was to be in a country that didn't speak my native language and had a different culture. The more time I spent there though, the more my heart loved it. I was able to learn Spanish and was able to love the culture that was there. I feel that this experience has helped me to better understand those that have different cultures and understand their struggles with learning a new language. I also learned that we learn and grow the most when we are a little bit uncomfortable and when we reach out for help.
Returning home from my mission trip, I decided to go back to BYU-Idaho and continue pursuing my career in Elementary Education. This time though, I felt that I needed to change my minor to TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). I found that as I went through each of my classes and got to interact with other colleagues, my professors, and elementary school students, I felt like teaching and helping others was my calling, especially those who were trying to learn English.
The most important thing to me is to help students feel like they are loved and cared for regardless of their limitations or weaknesses. I want to help them to realize that they can do anything they put their mind to.
As Elder Robbins said,
"The way you see a child is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they will become."
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Idaho - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching
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