In 2012, I did volunteer work in a daycare for one year, and I loved it! I learned so much from my colleagues and administration, each day I asked the teacher questions to ensure that I was creating a safe, nurturing and structured environment for the children.
This job secured the foundation for me to pursue a career in early childhood education. I have had the honor to work with children in these stages of development; toddlers through middle childhood in summer camps, after school programs, and currently as an assistant teacher in a public school.
After this initial experience I applied to a daycare and secured a position working with toddlers, and utilized prior knowledge which provided more opportunities for me to learn. During these experiences I realized socio-emotional skills are so important for young learners, because this area of development promotes healthy relationships with adults, peers, and builds self-esteem. I worked diligently with the head teacher to resolve conflicts, and promote positive behaviors through engaging activities.
After my daycare position I moved onto working in summer camps and after school programs that served children from ages four to thirteen. Around this time I was enrolled in school for my Bachelor's in human services, and became certain that education was the field for me. My summer camp position helped me utilize my creativity in teaching, as the program involved S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math). I was given lesson plans each week created by the program director and in charge of teaching the lessons. I expressed my creativity by using engaging activities, games, art and tactile experiences, which increased my students participation.
Today, I am an assistant teacher, working in a public school with students from pre-k through second grade and I currently attend Fordham University for my Masters of Science in Teaching, while preparing to take exams to become a certified teacher.
These professional experiences coupled with my academic knowledge has allowed me to enhance my communication skills when building positive relationships with children and their families. In December I will finish graduate school with my Master's in early childhood education and early childhood in special Education.
During my coursework I've developed the philosophy that children learn best through social interaction, and tactile experiences. As a result, my contribution to a child's learning environment includes enthusiasm through activities and educational games to cultivate a fun and active atmosphere.
My hobbies include reading, and spending time with my family. when I was younger my mother read to me every night and my teachers established strong relationships with my mom. This relationship made a difference because I witnessed how communication plays a vital role in a child's life in their early stages of development.