After graduating from Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Florida in 1994, I moved to Ohio where I attended Lakeland Community College for two and one half years. I entered college with the intention of becoming a business major. I began working at a day care center on campus, and realized what I had, in my heart always known: that I wanted to become a teacher. I discovered the Deaf education program at Kent State University, and decided that it would be a logical choice for me, because I had been trying to learn sign language since I was about eight years old. I had never realized, however, how much there was to learn about educating deaf students.
I transferred to Kent State in the spring of 1996 after obtaining my Associate of Arts degree at Lakeland. I will be graduating from Kent with a Bachelorís degree in December of 1999, and will then take additional classes to get a second certification in elementary education. I will be doing my student teaching in the fall in a middle school outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and I look forward to working with students of this age group. I have previously had field experiences in both elementary and high school, and enjoyed them both.
I hope to be able to influence my students in a positive manner, encouraging them to become all that they can be. I want them to make the most of their lives, and become happy, healthy and productive citizens in society.
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