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Columbia Christian College (Counseling Education)
Pepperdine University (Master's)
For most of my life, for as far back as I can remember, I heard the words, "You should be a teacher!" This "suggestion" came from family, friends, teachers and mentors. I considered teaching as a profession in my early college days, however, it didn't take me long to realize that there were way too many rules in school. I have always been a "think outside the box," "color outside the lines" sort of person. While this approach got me a 4.0 in college I was not sure it would be rewarded in our country's current school system. What if I wanted to finger paint all day? I believed finger painting was unnecessarily limited to the "art" part of the day. I could envision using it to teach English, science, and even math. However, it did not take me long to realize, after my required sophomore observations and practicums, that TSPC did not allow room for such "creative" methods.
Through a series of twists and turns in the road I found myself working as a children's pastor. For 15 years I was (at the best of times) able to throw all my creativity into developing innovative models for the spiritual formation of children. I moved beyond Sunday school into providing experiences that considered the way a child's mind and body and spirit were designed to function. I discovered in the process that not only children, but adults can learn a lot from a little play doh.
At this point in my life, I find myself with the freedom to pursue new avenues for employment, and what appeals to me most is to find a way to still be a teacher, of some kind. I have four children who I have helped with homework through the years, all of whom have been academically successful.
I love the idea of working one on one with children, teens and adults who are striving to gain the knowledge and skills to be the best they can be. As a Myers Briggs INFP one of my natural inclinations is to want to encourage, equip and inspire others to achieve their potential. I look forward to discovering the opportunities that await me to do this.
For most of my life, for as far back as I can remember, I heard the words, "You should be a teacher!" This "suggestion" came from family, friends, teachers and mentors. I considered teaching as a profession in my early college days, however, it didn't take me long to realize that there were way too many rules in school. I have always been a "think
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My undergraduate degree is in Counseling Education and required 20 hours of classwork specifically related to education. Other classes which honed my natural abilities as a teaching included those which related to child development and social sciences. Through the years as a children's pastor I have had opportunities to teach. I also have four children whom I have helped with homework through the years all of whom have been academically successful.