Teacher learns lessons on the job
Occupation: Special education teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Where did you receive your education?
High School: Tascosa High School; college: Amarillo College for associate's degree, West Texas A & M University for bachelor's degree with honors; certification in special education and general education
How has your education played a role in your life today?
By building my self confidence and giving me the ability to help children with learning disabilities become successful. My education has given me many opportunities to be a role model for my family and students.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I have dyslexia, which means I have a lot of trouble with reading and writing. Dyslexia is different for each person and there is no way to fix it. You have to learn different ways to overcome you weak areas. I overcame my learning disability through perseverance, hard work, and family support.
What is the value of your education?
I value my education because it was so hard to achieve. It took me hours longer than others in my classes to read or do my homework. My family supported me with words of encouragement when the work seemed to be overwhelming.
What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
An education can open up opportunities to meet your life goals. Find something that you are passionate about and set goals. You can be a role model for your kids or friends.
When did you make education a priority?
I made education a priority when I found my passion for teaching. I observed a special education class with a wonderful teacher. ... The students seemed excited about learning new things.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I worked at a school as a paraprofessional and I wanted to go back to school to become a teacher and help students with learning disabilities. I found a purpose and set my goals.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Yes, I thought about quitting because I was going to school full time and working full time. I thought I would never finish but my family encouraged me to continue.