Third grade teacher at Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas City Public Schools-Manassas, Virginia.
I’m currently working in a district with one of the highest percentages of students who speak English as a Second Oral Language (ESOL) in the state of Virginia. This makes my job extra special.
I’ve learned and experienced so much in my first few months as a full-time teacher. I’ve been able to work closely with ESOL and special education teachers to learn and to incorporate several techniques to reach all of my students. The feeling of making a difference in each child’s life is what drives me to embrace these unique challenges.
Lycoming College’s Education Department prepared me and gave me the confidence to excel as an educator. Throughout my student teaching experience, there were times that I thought I would never make it as a teacher. However, looking back, those were the experiences that have strengthened me the most. My advice is to learn from the challenges and to embrace your achievements. Also, be open to collaborate with others and to always reflect on your own techniques and teaching style. In fact, sometimes I reflect on my very first teaching job --teaching that room full, or shall I say, living room full of unruly imaginary students.
The most important thing I learned in my experience thus far came to me in an email, and can be summed up in one simple quote. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo Remember, some students are coming to you each day with “rainy weather.” Throughout all of the stresses and strains that catching up on grading, meeting deadlines, or incorporating state standards may bring, always remember to bring your sunshine!