Growing up, my parents wanted me to be involved in something extracurricular. They asked me what I wanted to do. I chose theatre, speech, drama, soccer, volleyball, basketball, reading, writing, and student council. I participated in some sort of activity year round. It kept me busy, productive, constantly learning, and most importantly, I made lasting relationships and learned how to be part of a team.
I love playing volleyball and soccer. Even after graduating from high school and college, I play on YMCA league soccer teams. Sometimes it is as a group of friends, and sometimes it is with people that have never played before, and they have to be taught. I taught my husband how to play volleyball, and now he is a setter, which is a key role on the court. It is an activity that we can do together.
I continue writing on material I began in my college classes. When writing, I found that peer involvement is helpful because peers can see what we cannot. Feedback is essential for progress.
I like setting goals and expectations and striving to achieve them. Expectations need to be clearly outlined in order to achieve the desired result.
I like organizing and researching. For example, for one of my creative writing classes, I wrote a period piece. I took Medieval History and Modern European History classes just so I could get a feel for the topics I was writing about. It was great fun. I found myself reading more leisurely.
I once had a teacher that made us do what she wanted. Her ideas, her rules. I felt restricted and unfulfilled. I believe that the ideas and creation should come from the student. The teacher is merely there to provide guidance and refine the ideas that the student provides.
I am fluent in Spanish, as we grew up speaking it at home. It is such a useful tool to have and opens so many doors in today's society.
I teach a youth group every Sunday at church. The church provides a monthly topic, and from there, I gather materials and information for teaching. Sometimes, if the students have particular questions, we deviate for a moment, but the discussion is worthwhile. Teachers need to recognize that they teach students, not lessons. We need to identify enriching moments. Growing up, my parents wanted me to be involved in something extracurricular. They asked me what I wanted to do. I chose theatre, speech, drama, soccer, volleyball, basketball, reading, writing, and student council. I participated in some sort of activity year round. It kept me busy, productive, constantly learning, and most importantly, I made
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I played on school teams all through middle school, junior high, until my freshman year of high school. I then recorded statistics for the high school boys basketball teams my junior and senior year, traveling to all of the games and paying close attention.
Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I participated as a member of the speech team. Each year, there is a district competition to determine who will attend the state competition. I made it to the state competition each year. I competed in retold story, improvisational, and informative. As an upperclassman, the speech teacher used me to mentor the younger students.
In high school, I was part of the costume department for the drama club. Nowadays, I have a simple, basic sewing machine, and I like to make blankets, quilts, and have recently begun using patterns for stuffed animals.
I am knowledgable/skilled in both outdoor and indoor soccer. I watched my brother play soccer my entire life. I started playing as a member of school teams in the 7th grade. I lettered on the varsity soccer team of my high school, and was named to the 2002 all-area conference 1st team as a defender. (Standard Journal newspaper.) I continue to play on YMCA leagues.
My mother is Chilean, and so I grew up speaking Spanish at home. I am fluent in the language.
In high school, I took all of the theatre classes, including set construction and design. My senior year, I was appointed "foreman" of the set crew. I also assisted with the costume department. I was cast in the following plays:
Fiddler on the Roof
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
and a children's theatre camp I was part of creating/coordinating.
I participated as part of the school's drama club, attending the state competition each year in the category of mime. I also made the final round in stage/set design and costume.
I started playing volleyball when I was twelve years old. I participated as a member of the school teams every year, and I lettered on the varsity team my junior year of high school. We won the district tournament and took third place in the state. When I attended college, I gathered with several other students for coed free play. I taught my husband how to play. I love volleyball.
I wrote as a member of the BYU-Idaho Scroll. I also was a member of the Outlet editorial board at BYU-Idaho. The bulk of my college education was spent in journalism, writing, and English.