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I attended college at Calvary Bible College for one semester, back in '90. I went there because I had newly returned to the United States after graduating from high school in Quito, Ecuador. I did not return to the US upon graduation, as most other graduates from my class, because my sister was planning to get married in October and my parents didn't have enough money to go to the US twice in one year, in June and then October. So, I began my college years one semester after the rest of my classmates. Since I had not lived in the US for a while,it was decided that I would go to where my sister was going to settle, in Kansas City, MO. My parents thought that it was a good decision, to be around family. For that semester, I focused on Bible classes and History, getting used to the college scene, living and working on campus. It was a good experience to start out, but I wanted to go west. Dad was from Oregon and I had relatives out there, so I moved out there to another college campus,... read more

Throughout the summer months, I had some courses that I bought from Switched on Schoolhouse, a fourth grade curriculum. Well, after my son finished 4th, during the summer, he went through these courses again. He found it enjoyable because of the games and visual demonstrations included in the lesson plans. Games and visual demonstrations help learners grasp new concepts and add knowledge to old can't be timid in trying to learn something new. Self confidence is key because you are more willing to fail and try again to eventually succeed if you do not feel ashamed/embarrassed for having failed/ not getting the right answer the first time.

I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Biblical studies. I took all the courses required to become a teacher, but I did not get certified with the state, in my case, Oregon. Growing up, I have excelled in Biblical studies, having grown up on the mission field in Colombia and being surrounded by Bible translators, it was kind of inevitable. I not only had Bible as a course every single year, I also had Spanish. And because we lived beside a lake, we also had swimming included in the P.E. curriculum. Oh, the benefits of growing up an MK. As an adult, I returned to Colombia because I did not feel like I belonged here in the US without my parents present and I never did bond with my extended family. So, down in Colombia, I had to apply for a workers visa, with a specific job in mind. Teaching English was the easiest, least costly visa I could get. It was challenging and fun teaching executives English, focusing on pronunciation and sentence structure, as they had a large vocabulary... read more

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