I really feel like I have learned so much from this program. It has made me a better and more effective teacher. It has also fueled my passion for helping children and their families. I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
The first learning I would pick would be the effects of poverty on the brain. Until this program I was unaware of the “achievement gaps” between children growing up in poverty and those growing up in more affluent households. This information has been extremely helpful to me as an educator to students living in poverty. This knowledge has helped to understand my students and their needs better.
The 2nd learning I would pick would have to be developing a preschool program. Since my background is in high school, I truly enjoyed visiting and observing preschools. I am very excited to start working directly in the early childhood field.
The 3rd deep felt learning is how important the first 3 years of life are in the development of a child. This is what inspired me to develop the teen parenting program for my Capstone challenge. I want to help my teen parents be the best parents they can be in order to help their children have a fair start in life.
My long term goal is to secure funding and support for my teen parenting academy and child care center. I believe this is integral to ending the cycle of poverty as a result of teen parenting. I am very confident that I will be able to achieve this goal.
Even though I have never met you guys, I feel like we are old friends and colleagues. I wish you all luck in your future endeavors. If you want to keep in touch you can find me through Roosevelt High School in San Antonio Texas. All of my contact information can be found at http://tw.neisd.net/webpages/cmaste1/
I can’t believe this journey is almost over!