Early Childhood Careers Alumni Spotlight

I grew up in Reeds Spring and attribute most of who I am to the influence of my amazing teachers, the community and the many experiences I have had there. Around age twelve, I realized I wanted to become a teacher. After seeing the impact my teachers have made on the lives of my past classmates and I, it was obvious that I had desire to follow in their footsteps. I have always loved helping others and find joy in watching others learn new information and succeed in the classroom. I was excited when I learned about ECC because I knew it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about what it is like to become a teacher and how to do so successfully. As if I couldn’t be anymore ready to begin this opportunity, I was thrilled after discovering my preschool teacher, Mrs. Sherry, would be teaching the course. My time in ECC was everything I expected and more. The information I took away from this course not only prepared me for college, but it instilled in me an even greater desire to begin my journey of becoming a teacher.

I’m in my second semester of my junior year at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. I’m majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Children’s ministry. I love SBU, the people I go to school with, and the professors who care about my life.  I plan to  graduate in December of 2021 and plan to sub during the spring semester. After graduating I also plan to start job searching as my heart longs to have my own classroom! I will also start working on my master’s degree and if God willing continue my education on to my doctorate. I eventually want to work in school administration.

When I began my teaching courses at SBU, I realized how much further ahead I was than my peers. Because of ECC, I had already learned about the basics of teaching, creating lessons, theorists, and most importantly classroom experience. Throughout my time at SBU I’ve observed four classrooms ranging from Pre-K-4th grade. I’ve had experiences in the classroom which are nothing short of the best way to learn the ropes!  Overall, the ECC program encouraged me to press on, following my dreams to become the best teacher I can, one day soon!

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