Saturday, November 3, 2012

Student Teaching...iTeachAZ

So over the past year, I have been part of an AMAZING program through Arizona State University. Sure there have been trials and tribulations, as there are with anything good in life, but I have grown!

Without this amazing new iTeachAZ program, I would not be the teacher I am today. While I am still feeling my way through this learning experience, each day, I am learning so many valuable lessons that many first year teachers cannot even dream of.

I am happy to say I have had many teaching opportunities presented to me! 

Had you asked me at the beginning of this semester where I thought I would be in December, I would have said a 3-5th grade general education classroom. Since I'm Dual Certified in Elementary and Special Education, I have my choice of the two, and general ed was where I believed I was destined. Having spent my time this semester in the most amazing of placements, my passion now lies elsewhere.

I have ACCEPTED a position in my home district to be a Special Education Resource teacher for 4th and 5th graders. Seriously this is my dream job! It's close to home, it's a Rodel eligible school (which means I will continue to receive benefits of being a Rodel Promising Student teacher...and with student growth have the opportunity, in the future, to be a Rodel Exemplary Teacher), and it's a special education position which is where I have found my calling. No i'm not looking forward to paperwork, but who really likes that anyways? It's part of the job! I'm just excited to be living my dream in a few short weeks and changing students lives!

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