Pushing Forward

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 14 2011

Here is where the journey begins

Today at approximately 11:55AM, I made a decision. This decision will help to shape the rest of my life. It will not only dramatically affect my life for the next two years, but also the lives of my family, friends, and future students (the “little kiddos” in my life).

I know that this road will not be easy. It will certainly not be a cakewalk. But, honestly, when has life ever been a smooth ride? I am prepared to work hard and work smart. I am prepared to push my own limits and fight for these little kiddos and their bright futures ahead because I passionately believe that a child’s socioeconomic status should not┬ádictate where they will end up in life, or what sort of education quality they will receive within the classroom. I am prepared to dedicate 100% of my time and energy to this commitment. This will not be something I will take lightly.

Here is a little information about my own background so you can become familiar with the blogger! I am originally from the sunny and gorgeous Los Angeles, California. Currently, I am a senior at a small liberal arts college in Iowa. I will graduate in June 2012 with a triple major in politics, international relations, and women’s studies. I applied to TFA under the first deadline and went through the grueling application process. I found out last Tuesday (probably one of the most emotional day I’ve ever had) that I will be teaching middle school mathematics (what a change!!!!) in Metro Atlanta. Although I am slightly nervous with my subject placement (since I have not even touched math since senior year of high school), I know that I will be able to tackle anything that will come my way once I step through my classroom doors and enter my role as a teacher.

When I was first making the decision to apply to TFA, this site was what I depended on to give me an honest and deep insight into my potential life as a teacher. I expect myself to give nothing short of what was provided for me. I will be honest. Brutally so. I will try to paint the most accurate image of my life at the time of my entires. I hope you will be willing to join me on my journey. It will be a challenging ride, but I cannot wait to begin!

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  2. leighmke

    Welcome, and Congrats! I’m a first year CM in KC – just keep in mind that your placement will probably change, and may change more than once! Some changes are relatively small (high school math instead of middle school math) but some can be very large (i knew someone who accepted a high school science placement and ended up teaching preschool!).

    Congrats again, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey!

  3. Join the middle school and algebra math communities! It’s a good place to start to learn about teaching math-there is a whole lot more to teaching math that knowing math so take some time to get acquainted with literature on math education :)

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