During the course of my fieldwork I worked directly to the Co-Directors of the Puente Program at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) as their Counseling Assistant. Through my position I was able to assist the Puente Counselor by meeting with students in the program, primarily students
All skills apart from the academic ones which are important to being a good teacher and demonstrates my willingness to go the extra mile. Studying and working in education has shown me that it is a challenging and rewarding career, but I believe my track record of dedication and hard work in both elements suggests that I can meet its demands. My commitment to providing a first-rate education for any child has seen me strive to gain as many additionally useful skills as
I learned how to adapt to the individual needs of students to provide them the best education. Like students with a communication disorder, many of my students would shy away from activities or tasks because of obstacles. Through these experiences, I watched my students gain the confidence to participate in activities and excel in academics to become successful individuals. As a future Speech Language Pathologist, many qualities that I possess can be improved by furthering my education.
My journey began when The Deron School hired me as a paraprofessional. I learned so much about myself in a classroom setting of diverse learners. First, my strong qualities, such as patience, flexibility to change, and positivity, were simply demonstrated for this position. I have witnessed staff members resign due to stress from unpredictable circumstances. However, I can simply understand the rough days which strengthens my performance to find a solution.
Although, I have done various volunteer activities and work one in particular that has truly changed my life was Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem focuses on a demographic that normally goes over looked, their mission is to help children whose parents’ have been affected by cancer. When I signed up to volunteer as a counselor I was unaware I was becoming involved with something bigger than myself. The imprint the children left on me is something I would never want to erase, they taught me love and empathy on a whole new spectrum. Becoming a part of this program as teacher will give me the opportunity to share this gift with my students and host community.
As the days progress, there are always new adventures waiting each day. I constantly learn new skills, meet wonderful educators, volunteers, and most importantly, assist children who have the potential and enthusiasm to achieve different goals. My day started on a rainy, Monday morning, no different than any other Monday, so I thought. I traveled to Johns Island on this day; Angel Oak Elementary School happened to be my morning destination. When I arrived, I did not expect any additional duties, other than observing tutors and students throughout sessions.
Per scheduled meeting with peer counselor, Katherine indicated that she resides in Union City, NJ with mother and younger brother. Katherine is currently uncertain of career goals or majors, but she likes the idea of becoming a Special Education Teacher. She might major in Education and possibly psychology. In high school Katherine was part of an organization called “Unified Students.” There she assisted students with disabilities to play sports.
By graduation, every student knew each other and felt connected as Keller graduates. Due to a small student-to-teacher ratio, we were able to bond with our teachers. Many of our teachers continue to serve as our mentors. Our schools also taught us the important of service to our community, enhancing Keller’s already communal feel. From the age of 14, I participated in enhancement projects at my high school and began volunteering for the City of Keller, feeling further connected to the city.
One of the unique aspects of the Department of Child Development and Family Relations is that many of the department’s large core courses offer teaching assistant opportunities to undergraduate students. Teaching assistant opportunities are valuable for undergraduate students to decide whether to apply as a graduate teaching position, great addition to a resume, and for a letter of recommendation. From my teaching assistant experience, I was able to fully grasp the concepts of middle childhood development, form a new appreciation for professors and teaching assistants, and reflect on myself as a student. In addition, I had the opportunity to strengthen several essential skills such as organizational skills, leadership skills, and communication
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Bryan Le, a freshman that is currently attending a charter school by the name of “Downtown College Prep”. I am currently living with my parents and two younger siblings, one brother and one sister. Over my years in a public elementary school, I had seen others being happy because of one’s help and that made me feel happy inside. I then thought of ways to help others when I stumbled upon the fact that doctors help people everyday, which seemed as a great way to help many people so that they may continue to be happy in life. As I entered Downtown College Prep, I was urged by the staff to explore my options and to set a goal in life.
Since I started participating in the CBAs, I have become active in the Houston-area HLS Alumni Association as a member of its Board of Directors. By way of example, in March 2016, I introduced two black HLS alumni, both of whom were elected to high municipal office in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Council Member Amanda Edwards, at a reception in their honor sponsored by the Association. It is unlikely that I would have been interested in becoming involved with the local HLS Alumni Association to the extent that I have were it not for the CBAs. It was not necessary for David to take on the work entailed in organizing the CBAs to satisfy his community service at the Law School. But following through as he did to make the CBAs happen illustrates, as clearly and powerfully as anything else I could cite, how truly special David is to the HLS community, and what an extraordinary Dean he would make.
Last semester, I started working for Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS) as a Tutor Resource Coordinator. Though I have previously tutored economics at GUTS, the position has offered me unique opportunities to engage with the organization in greater depth and learn how it is providing educational support for more than 4,000 students on campus. As Tutor Resource Coordinator, my job is to deliver high quality academic and language tutors through creating different tutor training and leadership development for tutors. One specific example about my work at GUTS is my creation of a standardized tutor training program. Previously, GUTS had four separate tutor training programs.
He directly speaks about past teachers and experiences with education he's had, and his hopes for future teachers. Since this speech went viral and got positive feedback from many, it is effective in reaching the intended audience, and has potential to create a true change in how teachers treat their students and the education system. Livingston presents a call to action for teachers and future teachers to help their students reach their full potential, help them with their obstacles, and foster equality in the classroom.
I am pursing a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about education and excited to share the joy of learning with students. The perspective of wonder and sense of excitement that children bring into education motivates me daily. Teaching can leave a lasting impression in a child’s life and offers a special opportunity to shape the bright young minds of future generations. While many professions can be impactful, I believe the qualities of the person in the career position to be the most influential.