After I graduate from Edinboro, I plan to move to Pittsburgh and teach – preferably in emotional behavior support or third grade. I plan to continue to travel and teach abroad as well. I chose to teach in the inner city after graduation because I had the experience to do so while at Edinboro, and it helped me find where my passion for teaching lies. I also hope to teach and travel abroad, because I have had the chance to teach in the Dominican Republic and Ireland, and those experiences were life-changing.
I chose to become a teacher because I had several influential teachers growing up. They inspired me to want to teach and help make a difference in the lives of children. They also showed me what it means to advocate for children and help them succeed.
Going through college I had a lot of challenges that unfortunately led me to doubt a lot of my capabilities. If it wasn’t for my family – especially my sister and mother – I do not think I would be where I am today. In addition to my family I have had unconditional support from my friends and sorority sisters, who motivate me in all aspects of my life. Lastly, I have had overwhelming support from my professors, specifically my adviser, Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, who has always believed in me.
Looking back on every experience I have had at Edinboro. I can honestly say that I have all the tools and resources I need to take on what the future holds. Edinboro has exposed me to hands-on, real-world examples that have made the transition process of leaving college as seamless as possible. I am grateful for these opportunities, and I am glad I chose Edinboro.
In the next five to 10 years, I would like to obtain my master’s degree in administration. From there, I would like to become either a principal or the director of special education for a school district.