Three Deeply Felt Learnings:
- “Children want to talk about differences including gender and skin color. It’s our job to make talking safe for them”. ~Eric Hoffman. I learned a lot through Eric Hoffman’s work. He was someone I had never heard of until my coursework here at Walden. His lessons will forever be in my heart.
- I learned a deeper understanding of my own biases. I was able to better understand able-ism as a prejudice and I was able to confront my own biases with homelessness, along with other personal findings regarding biases throughout my coursework.
- Get to know the child first and foremost, build that relationship, before moving to broader topics such as race, culture, traditions, values, and beliefs. My understanding and passion to value children as individuals has grown. I want each child to develop a secure sense of identity and pride.
My Long Term Goal:
To become a professor as well as a parent educator. I want to inspire future educators to do what is best for children, just as I have been inspired myself. I also desire to start parent education in my community and then build that parent education program statewide.
A Farewell Message:
As happy as I am to be completing my Master’s Program and advancing my career, I am going to miss the constant learning and growth that takes place within a school community. I am thankful for all of my professors and colleagues who have inspired me, pushed me, and validated me. I look forward to pursuing my career, inspiring others, and becoming an advocate of social change.