"Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another."
- The 11th Doctor
Hello! And thanks for stopping by. This is my site dedicated to my journey in education, from the beginnings of learning how to teach to soon becoming a certified teacher (like an adult, with a job and everything!)
Everyone who wants to teach has a story. Mine is slightly different than most. I didn't want to be a teacher when I was growing up.
I wanted to be a vet, and later a doctor, specifically a psychiatrist.
However, when things didn't work out for me after high school, and I made a series of bad decisions, I ended up back in my home town looking for a job. I came across an opening for a paraprofessional, and figured, "this can't be too hard."
Luckily, I got the job. But I was wrong, it was hard. Not all the time. Some days it was cake. But others were nightmares. However, unlike my time working as a nurse aide in hospitals and long term care facilities, even on the bad days, when I came home from work the overall feelings I had about my job were overwhelmingly positive. I loved helping students learn, and I loved watching them grow.
I finally begin to feel like I was a part of something bigger in the universe, like I had maybe found part of my purpose. Over the years I was inspired by the many teachers I had observed and worked with, and by the students who continually impressed me with their personalities and potential. Some nights I would go home and cry because I knew a student was suffering, and others I would celebrate because I knew they had reached a goal they thought impossible. This, along with the many teachers I talked to, inspired me to continue my own education into becoming a full fledged teacher.
I had always loved science, and being that I was attempting to pursue a healthcare career earlier, I figured biology would be an excellent subject for me to teach. The transition wasn't terrible, and some credits I had taken earlier would still transfer and be applicable to my degree. I love biology and learning about life, where we come from, and thinking about where we (we as in, all life!) are going next. I want to impart this knowledge on to students and help inspire them to discover the world around them. I want my future students to constantly ask "why?" I want them to create and become the leaders and engineers of tomorrow.
I am currently a senior at Kansas State University, majoring in Secondary Education and Biology. I also work part-time as an AVID tutor at Junction City Middle school. Check out my About Me Page for more.