The decision to enter the education field was an easy one for me; I knew my entire life that teaching was the vocation that was right for me. In the fall of 2008, I enrolled at Boston University’s School of Education, surrounding myself with the world’s leading education minds and like-minded peers. The prestige of the School of Education was a key factor in why I chose to enroll at Boston University, but the focus of the curriculum and hands-on experience was also central to my decision. BU’s School of Education features two pre-practicums to accompany the full practicum, student-teaching component as well as additional classes that require several school visits and experience-based assignments. I have gained a more valuable understanding of education in these experience-based classes in high schools than lecture-based college courses.
When my college courses are not in session, I am still thoroughly involved with education-based jobs. Since I was fourteen years old, I have worked each summer at a day camp in New Jersey. After serving as a counselor for several years, I was promoted to the position of director in the summer of 2009. Over the years, I’ve organized camp-wide activities such as Family Feud, Camp Bingo, Treasure Hunt, Wild West Day, and the Camp Festival; there are activities and contests such as those above for the entire camp on a daily basis, and I have enjoyed organizing these activities for the camp's youth. At the day camp, I have also led the extended-day program and taken the entire camp on field trips all across Northern New Jersey. Before camp starts and over college breaks, I am a substitute teacher in the Florham Park School District. Substitute teaching has given me the opportunity to manage a class and get a feel for different school environments. Being in schools has given me the opportunity to pick the brains of teachers I relate to and has provided perspective for different students and school cultures. I have also gained valuable experience similarly as a tutor at the Boston Arts Academy, in downtown Boston, MA. The Boston Arts Academy is a diverse school that focuses on different areas of art or music performance; the students who attend the school are gifted in their artistic field, but they often struggle with the academic portion of school. I have tutored several different students, all who were failing at the time I started with them; I’m proud to say that one of my tutees was just admitted to UCLA for this past fall. Like my experience through BU School of Education classes, my background in the field of education has been shaped through genuine experiences in live schools, not an ivory tower.
Like I said above, the decision to become an educator was never a hard decision to make; I’ve known what I wanted to make my profession since I was very young. There’s no doubt I have the desire to teach. There’s no doubt that I have plenty of valuable experience in a wide-range of settings. I want to educate your children and I have the experience to properly do so: help me help you.
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