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Why I Chose Education: Bethany

On my first day of Kindergarten I cried the whole day. I hated the idea of leaving my mom and my comfortable home and having to sit in a desk. And as my mom drove away, I have the distinct memory of thinking, "I can't believe I have to do this till I'm 22!" School was scary. It took some time, but I eventually warmed up to the idea of sitting in desks and playing with other children and being still at carpet time.

It wasn't long before I started coming home from school, wanting to teach my little brother all the things I was learning. I would pull my play table out into the middle of the room and force my brother to sit and listen to me sound out words and show him my 1+1 math problems. He wasn't exactly thrilled, but I loved teaching and wanted to share my passion with everyone. I was in first grade when I told my mom I wanted to be a teacher.

In High School I started volunteering in my school's preschool and in a second grade classroom. I had a blast and knew immediately I was in the right career path. As soon as I made it to BYU I declared Elementary Education as my major and have been here ever since. I love my major! I love all my literature and math classes, and have really enjoyed learning more about children with disabilities this semester in my CPSE 300 class.

I'm very passionate about helping all children reach their full potential. I want my future classroom to be a safe space where my students can explore sometimes hard emotions and grow from them. I can't wait to one day be able to integrate the arts into my classroom, (especially theater, which is my minor). because I know the amazing benefits that the arts have for students. I think teaching is very rewarding and one of the most Christlike callings in the world. I can't wait to be a teacher!

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