"It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves."
--- Robert Hutchins


         Ever since I decided I wanted to be a high school math teacher, I have engrossed myself in gaining knowledge in math and education. My first opportunity to gain that knowledge was because of my high school calculus teacher, Mr. George Chilmonik. He would allow me to come in after school my junior and senior year to help other students with homework. He was a watchful eye and really pushed me to want to become a teacher. I was often working with freshman that were new to the high school atmosphere. This gave me a lot of experience with the transitions that students have to undergo as well as homework strategies that deemed useful.


      During the first semester of my sophomore year at Moravian College, I was placed in a Field Experience at Liberty High School with Mrs. Service. I was in her honors geometry class with freshman students as well as an ESL algebra I class. I was extremely excited to be in a classroom that would be similar to that of which I want to teach. I loved working with the ESL students. I was often working one on one with them. I was helping with math skills as well as English. They gave me a whole new look on teaching and gave me the idea of wanting to help students, not just with academics, but also with life skills.


Currently, during my second semester as a sophomore, I was placed in a Field Experience at Hanover Elementary School, in a third grade classroom with Mrs. Russell. This experience made me realize that I wanted to be certified in both elementary and secondary education. I loved working with Mrs. Russell class and truly do not want to leave. In this Field Experience, it has made me extremely excited to become a teacher and have my own classroom and my own students. The students really helped me to mold myself in a wonderful future teacher.


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