So here’s my story…
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Alyssa and I am currently a Middle Grades Math and Science Education major at North Carolina State University. I have recently begun my student teaching internship at a year-round school located in the Wake County public school district here in North Carolina! For the time being I am only an intern, but I have already been immersed (head-first might I add) into the profession…and what a gratifying experience it has been! My first week in the classroom was such an emotional experience, and I am forever grateful to be working with children!
This has always been such a loaded question to me, and one that is often asked repeatedly. Why did you decide to become a teacher? Why middle school students? Why MATH?! <–this one is probably my absolute favorite! 🙂 Although my response is often simple, it still holds a lot of truth, "because it's what I'm meant to do”. But wait, there’s more! My primary goal is to achieve a certification that will allow me to teach students with visual impairments. Of course I have a tremendous love for children, but those with special needs have a sacred place in my heart. My younger brother, Spencer, was born four months premature with a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity. Although he has completely lost his vision, he is one of the smartest people I know…and he’s only thirteen years old! For instance, if you given him a date in history he can determine the day of the week within seconds! Talk about incredible!
It is because of him that I have decided to pursue a Master’s degree that will allow me to teach those with visual impairments, purposely combined with my undergraduate to include mathematics and science at a middle grades level! He is a constant reminder of God’s miracles and his plan for me. “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well”. -Aristotle