I am determined to succeed and the only time I see success is when my students succeed. This correlates with my competitiveness in that I will take pride in my students, and always push them to do their best. I strongly believe that my kids will be a reflection of myself so therefore, I will invest into my students so that failure is rare because if they fail; I failed as well.
Over the years I have spent time and money in building my professional qualities that will aid me in becoming a teacher. I worked hard for my degree in Mathematics. I studied day and night, because I wanted to be able to solve any problem or any questions my future students throw at me. Furthermore, I tutored math for 3 years at a tutoring center. This experience has allowed me to take what I have learned in school and my credential program and apply it in my own teaching environment. It has taught me to apply different methods to solving the same problem because not every student arrives at the answer the same way. The environment of this tutoring center is extremely diverse, and the children that come in are not always the most eager to learn. These circumstances have taught me patience and the ability to adapt to different preferred styles of learning.
Additionally I have recently started coaching high school kids. Coaching a team and teaching students are different tasks but can share a lot of similarities. Coaching this team has taught me to discipline when necessary and award when deserved. The outcome of a game is never known when my players take the field, however my players have the ability to win as long as I have done my job as a coach in preparing my players and teaching them the proper mechanics in practice. This can easily be applied to teaching. I will never know the outcome of a test beforehand, however I know that my students have the ability to pass that test as long as I have done my job correctly in teaching them the material and methods they need to solve each problem.
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