An entry in my journal from April 21, 2011 reads, “Children are full of such potential; they are open doors, clean slates, fresh pages, and that is why I want to be a teacher, so I can help them utilize that potential to the fullest.” I didn’t realize until much later that this concise but potent statement encompassed my dream, my vision, what I hoped to do with my life. Different but equal in intensity is my passion for English. Whether reading poetry, literature, or peer-written fiction, I love words and the ideas they convey. The written word has the power to change hearts and minds in a way that no other kind of communication can.
I have experience in teaching young children, as well as older students. As a senior in high school, I attended a classical education program. Within the English department of this homeschool co-op, I assisted in teaching students my age and younger, grading quizzes and other daily assignments, as well as revising and editing essays and writing assignments. This intern/mentor program allowed me to experience the field of education from the inside, as well as allowing me to function as a student from the outside. I graduated at the top of my class. Also as a senior, I was employed by a homeschooling family to teach their six year old twins. This involved tutoring them in all subjects.
I believe that at the crossroads of their passions, people discover who they are meant to be and what they are called to do. For me, this intersection happens where English and teaching meet. In order to nurture the connection of these passions, I have decided to pursue an English degree to assist me in my ultimate goal of becoming an English teacher. I finished the fall semester at A&M with a 4.0 GPA and earned a place on the Dean's List.
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