My whole life I have been so shy. Dance recitals and class presentations were my biggest enemy growing up, but in the classroom everything is different. I am naturally the type of person that loves to learn, but I also love to share my knowledge with others. I also really enjoy watching others grow and reach their potential and being there along the way. Teaching combines the learner and developer in me and just fills me with joy.
It was not until my final semester in UFTeach that I really became committed to pursuing a career in teaching. My internship through Apprentice Teaching exposed me to what it truly means to be a teacher. The good, and the bad. In my placement, I was exposed to two totally different worlds. On the one hand, there were students experiencing the same reality that was my own growing up, extremely successful and supported by the education system. On the other hand, I saw a group of strong but broken students that seemed forgotten and could not find the tools they needed. They had given up because they had accepted the mindset the community was teaching them. But I could teach them different. And I did.
I realized that as teachers, we have the power to make education fun and exciting for any student. We can show them that they can break out of any situation using the power of knowledge. We have the opportunity not only to give them content knowledge, but also to develop their character skills so that they can be successful in any situation, in or out of the classroom walls. Being a teacher is more than multiple periods of the same lesson; it is modeling a mindset of success and leadership so that your students aspire to be successful leaders and once I figured that out, I knew a career in teaching was my only option.