The College of Saint Rose, Albany NY (Childhood Education)
The College of Saint Rose, Albany NY (Master's)
How many people do you know can wake up every morning and truly say they love what they do? I’m sure you’re thinking, not many. Unfortunately life happens and roadblocks get in the way, or we end up choosing a path that perhaps we thought we were meant for and realize all too late that we should’ve traveled the path less taken.
Believe it or not, I am not sure how I ended up in the education field. I started at the College of Saint Rose thinking I wanted to pursue a career in art, maybe even fashion design. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy I had an epiphany! I realized I love to learn, and more than anything, I love a challenge. I knew after my experience in Italy that I wanted to choose a career where I would constantly be challenged and continue to learn things. In my case, I wanted to travel the path less taken.
After graduating with my Masters degree in Literacy from the College of Saint Rose in 2009, and realizing education jobs were few and far between in my home state of New York, I decided to expand my options. I began applying EVERYWHERE educators were needed. My thinking was, why do something I dislike? I worked extremely hard to receive two degrees from a highly accredited institution and I refused to let those degrees go to waste! Plus, I craved the experience. Perhaps it was my persistence, or maybe it was my drive to do what I love, that allowed me to secure a third grade teaching position at an elementary school, in Trinity, Florida. Through my experiences there I have learned to tackle each challenge with a “Carpe Diem” attitude.
English is my forte and when I see a lack of motivation in this subject area I immediately try to problem solve. For instance, during my first year at Trinity Oaks I discovered my students were bored and disengaged in their reading. They sat in their chairs like bumps on pickles and getting them to participate was like pulling teeth. I decided to use my knowledge and creativity to tackle this issue. I created an interactive reader response journal (sort of similar to an online blog), which displayed each skill and strategy in the Treasures series. This interactive notebook allowed my students to be more active readers, and it also gave them more opportunities to share what they were thinking about as they were reading. Comparing the data from before and after implementing this interactive notebook was breathtaking! I saw tremendous growth in my students’ reading abilities.
Overall I believe learning is the work. I love to learn and love to work at learning. If you are eager to learn more and grasp the concepts you're learning through kinesthetic and concrete lessons, I am the tutor for you! How many people do you know can wake up every morning and truly say they love what they do? I’m sure you’re thinking, not many. Unfortunately life happens and roadblocks get in the way, or we end up choosing a path that perhaps we thought we were meant for and realize all too late that we should’ve traveled the path less taken.
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