Autobiographical Essay Conclusion


Each and every one of my childhood adventures, experiences at school, roles in the workplace, activities while volunteering, and the ups and downs of motherhood will contribute to my development of becoming an effective teacher. These skills will continue to grow, develop, and mature as I continue in my college education and as I begin my career as a teacher.
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 In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:




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My Professional Goals


My first long-term goal is to obtain a position as a Kindergarten Middle School English Language Arts teacher in the Twin Falls School District. In order to complete this goal, I will need to successfully fulfill the following short-term goals: finish the Elementary Education Program here at the College of Southern Idaho (completed May 12, 2016), transfer to Idaho State University, graduate from the Elementary Education Program, receive my teacher’s certification from the State of Idaho, and obtain a teacher’s position.
 My second long-term goal is to become a published author on the subjects of: education, family, and children. In order to complete this goal, I will need to successfully fulfill the following short-term goals: blog through my experiences as a mother and a student so that I may increase readership as well as preparation for the books that I will write, establish a plan of the book, locate an editor, submit materials to an editor, and secure a book contract. These goals will be achieved with much dedication, courage, discipline, and support from my fabulous friends and family.
 In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:




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Reasons for Choosing Education as a Career


“I am going to be a teacher when I grow up,” is the answer I have given when asked what my all-time career choice was. As a young child, even before I entered school, I created a classroom of my own in my bedroom. A large blackboard hung on the wall, an old school house desk stacked with several used teacher edition textbooks, my bed lined up in rows with dolls and stuffed animals using my pillows as their desks, with clipboard and chalk in hand I taught them the alphabet, how to count, and much more. Many hours each day I: created class work on used notebooks and index cards to pass out to my students, drew on the blackboard, and corrected the students’ work.

I never wanted to be anything else, I have dreamed about being a teacher for as long as I can remember. In junior high, I completed a career placement test to help me direct my education path, high scores across the board pointed me towards the teacher profession. I knew this already, but this required placement test just confirmed what had always been in my heart.

Many years later, the desire to become a teacher still burns within my soul. I have a passion to come alongside individuals and help them succeed in their life just as teachers in my life have done in the past. After having spent the last sixteen years raising my children at home, I decided to turn my dreams and my passions into a reality. What an extraordinary opportunity it will be to walk into my classroom and instill knowledge, hope, peace, joy, and love into my student’s lives every single day. 

In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:

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My Volunteer Service and Extracurricular Activities


Throughout my life I have been involved in many different volunteer activities and they have always involved working with children. When I was in junior high, I began volunteering in my community’s public library with the Children’s Librarian, after a few months I began to assist her with the preschool children’s story time. The following summer, I began my own weekly story time at the library, with children age’s five to seven. I planned a themed lesson plan each week that consisted of: reading them a story, playing a game, and completing a craft. I also spent my time volunteering in the children’s bus ministry at my church. Each Saturday morning; the Children’s Ministry Leader, other volunteers and myself, would take our church bus into the nearby inner city. Here, children were picked up to bring them to church for breakfast, songs, activities, a biblical lesson, games, and crafts. I spent most of my time playing with the children and getting them to participate with one another in their groups.

In high school, I was required to complete a project in the community and chose to work with a Kindergarten class in the Elementary school I attended. I went in twice a week as a teacher’s assistant doing projects that the teacher had me complete, one of them included me putting together a part of their classroom graduation event. My senior year we were required to complete another project and I chose to work with the sixth graders at a local Elementary school in creating a classroom newspaper. 

As an adult, I have assisted in my own children’s classrooms whenever possible. Over the last twelve years, I have had numerous opportunities in completing activities as needed for their teacher inside and outside of the classroom. In 2014, I held the role of head room mother of my child’s Kindergarten class while participating in the EDUC 202 course at College of Southern Idaho, carrying out classroom projects and assisting the teacher as needed. After completing my time in the classroom required for the Field Experience course, I remained in the classroom volunteering as a reading group leader once a week.



 Through each volunteering activity, whether the opportunity was big or small, they have given me insight into the classroom and the teaching profession. The one on one’s and group involvement with the children, has given me the ability to increase my skills of listening, patience, supervising, creativity, multi-tasking, and engagement which I believe will be extremely beneficial to my role as a teacher.

In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, over the next week, in the following parts:







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My Work History


11695807_446793545509010_4683648759071919114_nThe day I turned sixteen, I signed my Social Security Card and went down to the Department of Licensing to obtain my identification card so that I was able to open up my first checking account. This was followed by a visit to my church where I placed my application for employment, I had prepared several weeks before. That very day I was hired on at the church to work part-time in the nursery as a child care worker with children ages zero to twelve, during regular scheduled church programs.

During college, I became employed as a sales associate at a mall retail establishment. Here, I gained skills and performed well enough to move up the career ladder, first to a team lead then later to an assistant manager. After college, I took a course to receive my nursing assistant license, which enabled me a job at an assisted living and rehabilitation center. After being injured on the job by an unfortunate incident, I decided to return to customer service through another adventure with a local cell phone company. It was there I gained the skills necessary to land an incredible position with a non-profit organization in the donor service center, where I handled fundraising in the church department. A few years later, the opportunity of a lifetime was gifted to me to stay at home and raise my children. During this time, I began to write for an online publication about the ups and downs, ins and outs of motherhood.
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interview  My assortment of roles in the workplace first and foremost provided for me and my family the financial assistance necessary to live, yet at the same time provided me practice of the essential skills necessary to becoming an effective teacher. Hard-work, dedication, how to treat people, negotiation, organization, and communication are a few of the lessons I have been given through the positions I have held outside of the classroom that will enable me to prepare the lessons for my students inside the classroom.

 In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:


My Educational Background


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Mrs. Ellison & I Spinning Elementary 1983 
Registration at Spinning Elementary School in Puyallup, Washington, was held in the Spring of 1982; at this time the choice was given to my parents as to when I would attend Kindergarten in the fall, morning, or afternoon. Morning was selected for it was the earliest available option; I was ready to start school. My dad told me that every morning after registration I asked, “Is today the day?” The first day finally arrived and I remember dashing out of my mother’s warm embrace that she tried to console me with. I do believe it was her that was in need of the comfort not I. 
The room was absolutely amazing, filled with colorful decorations, shelves of books, a reading loft in one corner, and an imagination play station in the other. I placed my backpack on the table with my name on it and before I had a chance to sit down, I noticed a girl crying. I immediately sat down next to her and provided some five years old words of inspirational wisdom and achieved in gaining a smile out of her by the time the school bell rang. At that time, I went to my seat and looked up to see the most unforgettable smile on Mrs. Ellison’s face as she greeted us before beginning her morning classroom routine. I never missed a day that year; I wanted to be there all day, every day! I actually received an award for my perfect attendance. I would have received the same achievement during most of my elementary years if it was not for developing appendicitis, splitting my chin open in music class, and being infected with chicken pox. Attending school was my all-time favorite childhood activity. I left Spinning Elementary the spring of 1989, when I graduated the sixth grade. 
 In the fall of 1989, I began Kalles Junior High School in Puyallup, Washington as a seventh grader. Not as eager as the little Kindergartner that I was years before; however, I was extremely excited to embark on this new and somewhat intimidating adventure. After a couple of weeks, being a “sevie” became less unnerving and I took all that junior high had to offer by joining various clubs and activities. During my ninth grade year, I used my elective courses to be a library and drama teacher assistant. Spring of 1992, I graduated from Junior High prepared for my last public school stepping stone. 
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High School Graduation 1995
The fall of 1992, I took my first steps up the stairs of  Puyallup Senior High School. During these three years of education, I found myself and the purpose that I had in this world, through the amazing teachers and counselors that guided me towards the person I am today. Though I struggled through the academics, the Spring of 1995, I successfully became the first high school graduate of my immediate family and I took my last steps down the stairs of the high school finishing my public education career, prepared for my next journey into higher education. 
In the fall of 1995, I walked along the campus of Wenatchee Valley Community College in Wenatchee, Washington where I was enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associates Degree Program. College was a new and difficult experience for me as I was on my own for the first time in my life. After struggling personally through two semesters, 200 miles away from close friends and family, I moved to Port Angeles, WA the spring of 1996, where I began a new adventure at Peninsula College. Here, I was enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program destined to gain my degree so that I could become an Early Childhood Education teacher. Life had other plans for me as I was whisked away from college by love and traveled the United States with my husband who was employed by the Army. It was not until the summer of 2014 that life settled down and I returned to school with sophomore status, at the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls where I am currently enrolled in the Elementary Education Associates Degree Program. 

interviewMy school experiences in and outside of the classroom, have provided me with a strong foundation in the essential skills necessary in becoming an effective teacher. Through each individual moment, whether positive or negative, I have been able to come out of it successfully. Not because I am no longer having the issue; however, I lived through it and allowed it to strengthen me into the woman I have become. Through it all; I have a greater understanding of what education is, the power it has to change a life, and the value it holds in each and every person.

 In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:





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Autobiographical Essay Introduction



0132835630In the textbook, Introduction to Teaching, it provides a list of essential skills that all teachers should demonstrate in the classroom. These essential skills include beliefs and behaviors such as caring, high efficacy, positive expectations, and enthusiasm. Effective teachers are also well organized, they begin their lessons with reviews, attract and maintain attention, develop their lessons with questioning, provide their students with feedback, and help students apply what they have learned in new contexts (Kauchak, 2014, p. 436).
Over the years; through my childhood adventures, experiences at school, roles in the workplace, activities while volunteering, and through the ups and downs of motherhood; I have begun to attain these essential skills beneficial as a future educator. In our EDUC 290 course, we are re-examining our portfolio entries and preparing them for submission to the Education Department as well as to our transfer university. The Autobiographical Essay is quite long, so I am sharing them with you, in the following parts:









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