I am so excited to be joining Teacher Talk with Jamie and Nicole!
Today's post is all about me -- teacher style :)
What I Teach: I am here as a future teacher. I will graduate with my Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Mary Baldwin College in 2015 - which seems like a long way away!
Although I will be happy and lucky to teach anywhere, when I have my teaching license I would love to find a 1st grade teaching position. I'm definitely more comfortable in K-2.
I recently did a year-long internship in kindergarten and am preparing for a semester-long internship in 4th grade. In the spring semester I have two internships I need to do and need to choose different grades!
You'll have to let me know your favorite grade to help me decide :)
Why I Teach: I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. I played "school" with my younger brother and would teach him everything I learned from my own teacher that day. When I went to college, I was a little lost. I was in a science based major and felt unmotivated and overwhelmed. I decided to switch majors during my second semester and have been happy ever since.
I want to teach because I want to "give back" in a sense to the amazing teachers I had growing up. There are a couple in particular that were more like family to me and they made coming to school fun. Learning was fun. I hate to see kids who dread coming to school and think it's pointless. I want to be a teacher so that I can be the change for someone. I want to show them that learning can be fun and that having an education is one of the most important things in life.
I want the challenge. I want the constant change. I want the surprises of each new day. I want to grow and learn with my students, because I know they will teach me more than I will teach them. I want to create a safe, fun and engaging environment for them.
For the kid who has no support at home, I'll be their support. For the kid who has never been told "You're smart", I will be there to tell them. For the kid who needs a hug, I will give them one.
I want to teach so that I can celebrate reading achievements with a struggling reader...so that I can share joyful moments with parents...so that I can rave to everyone about my awesome, inspiring students.
It's like they say -- it's not about the income, it's about the outcome.
Where I Live: I currently live in Blacksburg, Virginia which is a small town in Southwest Virginia. Home of Virginia Tech, where I went to school for undergrad. I graduated last May and approximately five days later started classes with Mary Baldwin. I commute about 45 minutes to Roanoke for classes at MBC's satellite campus.
When I teach, I have no idea where I will live! When it comes time to apply for jobs, in about a year and a half, I will probably be looking all over Virginia. I really love Virginia and would love to teach here, especially since I will have a VA license. However, if life takes a turn and I end up somewhere else I will be just as happy. You just never know...!
So happy you stopped by! Say hi in the comments so I can check out your blog! I would love to hear from and meet other future teachers AND current teachers!