Teacher Talk: All About Me!

Hi loves, happy Tuesday! I hope all of my teacher friends who started school yesterday had a fabulous first day! I’ve decided to participate in a link-up called Teacher Talk hosted by Jamie and Nicole. The purpose of the link-up is for teachers (or future teachers) to share their hearts and classrooms, while also finding grace and encouragement from fellow colleagues. 

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!

Why Teaching?

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
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9 comments on “Teacher Talk: All About Me!

  1. So inspiring! Your brother sounds like an amazing little guy 🙂 Is a year-round school like ones that go to school for a couple of weeks, then they're off for a couple of weeks, and repeat? We don't have any of those around me but I think it's so interesting! Good luck with your internship!

  2. Hello! Your brother sounds incredible! What an inspiration, I think that is a beautiful reason to drive your career. Those students need special teachers who will love on them and help them be successful, sounds like you will be perfect for that! This is my first year teaching so it's all new to me but since student teaching was only a few short months ago I remember exactly what it's like! I look forward to hearing about your journey. :]

  3. Your brother sounds so amazing…he'd probably amaze me with that information if I met him in person. That's so awesome he was your inspiration. I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  4. Sarah, year-round schools do operate on their own calendar! Normally the students/teachers are nine weeks on and then three weeks off! It's an interesting concept and I've heard it's extremely beneficial for first year teachers. Thank you for your encouragement!!

  5. What an inspiration your brother is! Such a sweet story. Best of luck with student teaching! I'm beyond jealous of you…still have one more year!

  6. Thanks for sharing, Alyssa! I haven't met you so I obviously had no idea about your brother, but you're both inspiring. Good luck with this semester and I hope to finally meet you over the Holiday!

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words! Good luck with your first year of teaching!!

  8. Nick, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I hate that we were unable to meet at the end of the summer, but I look forward to seeing you sometime over winter break! I hope all is well!

  9. HOW STINKIN CUTE IS YOUR BROTHER. I can't even stand it! Love how your love for teaching is so close to home and so close to your heart. Your desire to teach just radiates off the page! I hope that you enjoy your internship… it is SUCH a great time for growth!!

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