My fascination with becoming an educator stems from the opportunity to help mold the minds of future potential leaders. I feel it is important to motivate, influence, and aid in healing the psychological wounds and barriers of many students, which ultimately can inhibit there learning. Growing up in an urban inner city environment and attending “high-needs” public schools, along with growing up in a single parent home have made me create a personal initiative to teach in a similar type of environment. I want to serve as a role model to children who may have similar obstacles and circumstances, and serve as guide as well as a living illustration of the potential they have to achieve merit. I believe that teaching will provide me with personal as well as professional fulfillment.
I have done extensive research in many fields related to the social sciences including, history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. I have previously achieved a score of 162 on the praxis social studies content knowledge test making me eligible for certification in various states. I currently hold a Teacher of Social Studies Certificate of Eligibility in New Jersey. I have had the opportunity to work with children of all ages and abilities while substitute teaching in the Passaic, New Jersey school district. While being assigned to cover particular classes for months at a time, I have always made sure that students’ are on task, well behaved, and that the lessons are clear and concrete. I demand excellence from myself and expect to transfer these expectations to my students in loving manner. I think my experience, youth, and pleasant, yet strong personality will provide me with admittance into the world of a student, and in turn will make them instantly feel at ease and comfortable communicating with me. I feel I can provide a highly energetic and organized classroom which in turn will create a comfortable environment for the students.