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This semester has been one filled with classes, exams, experience in the field, and knowledge that I will take with me into my teaching career! I have gained so much information this semester regarding elementary education, and I am grateful for this opportunity to learn each and every day. I have learned about different methods of teaching reading and writing, the history of education, the demographics of today’s teachers and students, and even created my own philosophy of education. Out of all of the amazing things that I learn each day at Fontbonne, the thing that has I have learned to be most important is collaboration. Working with others provides a strong foundation for any project, assignment or idea. By collaborating with peers or staff, you are able to view many sides to any given situation and truly understand it better than you could have alone. Throughout our lives we will always be working with others- either adults or children- regardless of what field we are going into. Collaboration is a key component to success as it improves communication skills, leadership roles, pragmatics, and has many, many other benefits. Collaboration does not always have to be in an academic setting either. Collaboration can occur between people of different backgrounds, faith traditions, origins, and a wide range of others. By collaborating with someone different from yourself, you are able to better understand a different culture and value the importance of everybody around you. I encourage everybody to get out there and go collaborate today!



Alumni Posts

Big Bang

by Alumni Posts on February 17, 2012

in Academics,Career Paths

How many ways can my daughter, Emily, amaze me. This week while watching the Big Bang Theory she said, “wow, look at their dry erase board. They are working on the same chemistry problems that I’m doing. Let’s see if it looks like they are figuring out sulfur…”. At this point I have to admit my mind went numb and all I could do is laugh. I told her how awesome God had made her and smart. Emily is planning to go to dental school once she graduates from high school next year. What a blessing that she has always done well in math and science classes.
And is that not true of all of us? God made all of us with certain strengths that are amazing. I know that since kindergarten I wanted to be a teacher and have worked in the education field every since leaving college the first time. I prayed for years that if it was God’s will to help me get back into college and to guide my path to be an educator. I know that I had a pastor years ago that told me that I was gifted by God for working with kids. I have always remembered that.
Throughout, the years I was involved in teaching preschool, working daycare, being a substitute teacher, and finally a paraprofessional. As, a paraprofessional, I work with high students. This is an ideal job for a girl without a degree that wanted to be a high school english teacher. Many times I’ve had students ask me why I didn’t teach because I helped them with their assignments and knew about literature, writing, history, etc. My answer was always the same that I left college and always wanted to go back but now I didn’t want to be the old lady in the class.
When I learned about the Pathways program at Fontbonne it seemed like a answer to prayer. I could go back to school to fulfill my dream of being a teacher. The bonus was that a majority of the classes I would need were online- ahh, not having to be the old lady in the class was just icing on the cupcake.
I’m sure that everyone has their own path that God guides. If you are lucky God gives you the path, the talent and the capability of knowing it. It took me a few years to find mine. I pray that all of you find your path too and listen and know what gifts God has gave you to share with the world.

p.s. For those of you that have read my previous blogs about my health I wanted to update you. I’ve had my surgery and am recovering. It has not been an easy recovery and I still have four weeks left. I’m praying that God ease my pain and help me to be still and rest and recover.


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