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Hi! My name is Karen D., I am 19 years old, and I live in New York City. I am a sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College. My major is education, and my future ambitions are to get a Master's Degree at Columbia Teacher's College and become a certified special education teacher!
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I grew up in a suburban town in Long Island, but I am super appreciative and happy that I can go to college in New York City. So much to do, to see, to explore, to take in and learn from! I love peanut butter, snowboarding, yoga, basketball, creative writing, volunteering, and most of all, I love teaching. I have taught English overseas, have worked with children from first grade to high school on whatever areas they need help in, and have privately tutored middle-schoolers.
While doctors are healers of the body, I truly believe that teachers are healers of the mind and heart. As people that are with children all the time, we are one of the most direct influences on children during one of the most important times: their childhood. Hence, it is incredibly easy to shape or change a child's life. It is even more important to shape the life towards something beautiful and positive, something children can draw upon as they grow older and develop. Teachers are shaping the future of society.
Children with beautiful hearts and minds, equipped with the knowledge and intelligence to make changes and improve society, can make a difference no matter the amount of chaos in the world. Thus, I take my future and ambitions as a teacher very seriously.
Thank you, and I look forward to working with you!
"There are two ways to spread light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it."
I am Mandarin Chinese myself, and speak it fluently because I speak at home with family. I have spoken Mandarin Chinese since birth and have taken classes for reading and writing since I was six years old. I go back to Taiwan every summer for a month. I received a score of 800 on the Chinese SAT II, and took it for a full year in college as well.
My specific majors in Hunter College are elementary education and English creative writing. The courses I am currently taking in elementary education include art of effective teaching, literacy across the content area, teaching social studies, mathematics teaching and learning, and teaching science. Along with academic courses, I also volunteer in a fifth-grade classroom for the GO Project every Saturday. I have three younger sisters whom I have always tutored, and are in seventh and ninth grade currently.
Aside from an avid love of writing and reading, creative writing and English comprehension are also my passions. In high school, I was enrolled in AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition, in which I received 5 on both APs. I currently major in Creative Writing with Elementary Education.
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