Throughout my entire life, I have spent most of my time either studying many of my different areas of interest, or aiding others along their own quest for knowledge. I am currently on the exciting journey of Homeschooling my son!
I believe that a teacher's main purpose is to both facilitate and encourage a child's love of learning while still providing them with the education they need to be able to succeed in the world as they grow into young adults! As a teacher, I try to ensure that my students, both current and future, will be presented with activities that make learning enjoyable while providing them with a thorough education in all subjects we cover. The goal is to teach our students how to live a happy, healthy, productive life. I really believe that a person's ability to be taught, is driven by their own desire to learn. I want to inspire others to enjoy learning, so they search it out for themselves!
While I do not have any honors or awards in a career - based area, I did earn quite a few while I was in high school: I was in featured in the Who's Who of High School Students. My Junior year, I was in Academic Decathlon. I earned 3 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals, and 2 Bronze Medals. I got too nervous, and couldn't present my speech, so I am not sure how I would have done in that category to be honest. My team won the County level of the competition and got to go to the State level! While I did not Medal at State, I did have a wonderful time, and it was really an amazing experience! When I took my ASVAB, I was informed that I scored a 97, which the recruiter informed me was the highest score he had seen in his whole career, and he was nearing retirement. Due to this high score, I was told that I was wanted for the Nukes program, to learn nuclear engineering. They said it was on track for a career in NASA. My medical concerns prevented me from taking that path at the time; looking back, I am glad I didn’t enlist! While nuclear engineering sounds like a blast (pun not intended…) but it isn’t something that I would have been happy with long-term. The best honor I have ever received is being called “Mommy”! My son says that I give the BEST HUGS! That is better than any award I've ever won!
I have been fascinated with learning ever since I was a small child, and always dreamed of being a teacher. I had been dreaming of what college I wanted to go to since I was 4, and I absolutely loved going to school! During my Freshman year of high school, I applied for a program called "Upward Bound" which allowed me the opportunity to attend summer classes at my local Junior College. It was basically meant to prepare us for the life of a college student and give us a little taste of college life. We lived in the dorms on campus for 6 weeks and even had part time work experience job placements. I worked with the Disabled Students Programs and Services, or DSPS for short. These summer sessions were the best thing about high school in my eyes. Once I finally had graduated from high school, I ended up attending my 1st pick college for a whole semester but I ended up moving home for personal reasons. I started taking classes at my old Junior College, because it was much closer to home. About a year later, I became very ill, and discovered that I had become severely allergic to my own stress hormones, which had caused me to develop a rather large tumor in my abdomen. As my surgery approached, I was too ill to attend school, and I ended up failing a few of my classes. Due to these back to back incomplete semesters, my financial aid was put on hold, and I couldn't afford to return to school. I didn't know, at the time, that I could get it back, so I focused on other areas of my life. About 7 or 8 years later, my mom passed away... She had been fighting cancer for almost 20 years before it finally got the best of her... As I was going through her belongings while packing, I found an old journal of hers that she used to draw in all the time. I flipped through the pages, and I stumbled on her bucket list of things she had wanted to do before she died. There were very few things left uncrossed, but the one that stood out to me most was that she wanted to encourage me to go back to school… She knew how much it meant to me… It broke my heart to see that she never got to cross it off. So I got my act together, hunted down old paperwork, and applied for a financial aid renewal; which to my excitement, got approved! I walked right over and signed up for the upcoming semester, and I have been working hard ever since! I now have one class left before graduation and I can’t wait to cross it off her list! I am pleased to say, that while I am not able to teach a class full of little ones, I am excited to be teaching my loving class of one as we embark on a home-schooling adventure! My education is only just beginning!
My name is Amanda or Mandy, depending on who you ask. My fiancée and I, our son, my mother-in-law and two funny, feisty felines all share a cozy little three bedroom apartment. I currently work as a Caregiver for In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and I have been with them for almost 13 years now. I love researching topics and compiling the information in a way that is easy to read and understand, mainly as a quick reference to help when my memory is fuzzy. Before discovering TPT, I was planning on creating resources for home schooling families, and was wondering how I would sell them once I was ready to do so... I was so lucky to stumble on this site! I am always open to constructive criticism and suggestions for how to improve my site or selection. Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to share those as well. I will do my best to respond in a timely manner, but I am still working the kinks out in my schedule, so please bear with me. As this new year begins, I am excited to be joining the T.P.T Community, and I look forward to this new chapter of my life!