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Patrick Ernst

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Junior,  Social Studies Education Major studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville

I hope to be an educator of excellence so that I might change the lives of my future students for the better, helping them see the true value of not only the doors that an education can open, but also their own unique and awesome potential.

Best advice I ever received about teaching...

The best advice I have received about teaching is that young adolescents intensely value teachers' opinions of them. They'll move mountains for teachers who they sense respect them. Would you do the same for them?

Favorite quote:

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” -Horace Mann

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Chloe Grantham

Charles Darwin University (entire degree online), part time study 2013-2018

Primary education

I want to be that positive light and consistency, I want challenges, I want to change the description of “bad kids”, I want to be able to show students that there is more to the world than just what some home environments can offer. I want to see kids explore and think outside of the box.

Best advice I ever received about teaching...

It’s all about making relationships. If you don’t make relationships you’ll lose them.

Favorite quote:

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela

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Ariana Moschini

Senior at Bradley University majoring in Special Education with an endorsement in English as a second language (ESL)

I want to be an educator of excellence because I am so passionate about this career. I truly believe that a teacher can greatly impact a child's life, and I hope to be that light of hope and safety for my future students.

 

I believe in seeing the ABLE not the LABEL of all of our students and providing them with the best education and life skills that we possibly can.

Best advice I ever received about teaching...

To not be afraid to try new things. That everyone makes mistakes in the classroom and not every lesson or activity works out the way you planned, but that it's okay because a lesson not going your way doesn't mean you failed your students. We're lifelong learners too, and we definitely need to give ourselves grace!

Favorite quote:

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn" - Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

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RJ Dula

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

 

Sophomore, Middle-Level Math and History education major at Grove City College

I want to be an educator of excellence because I have always found a love of loving others, kids, teens, and adults alike. I want to have an impact on their lives, and I want to be impacted by them. I get such joy by being a positive influence on people and putting a smile on their face, being a ear to listen, and a friend to support them. .

Best advice I ever received about teaching...

Classroom management is not inherent; it is learned through experience.

Favorite quote:

"The giving of love is an education in itself"~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Kaitlyn Schmidt

 

Suny CORTLAND

Senior

Early childhood/childhood education major

Why I want to be an educator of excellence 

I want to reach the lives of students in ways that my prior teachers failed to reach my younger brother who is beyond intelligent but learns differently than the “average” student. I’ve always connected with children I babysat or worked with and to be a role model and to create a safe environment means the world to me as a future educator.

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Alyssa Springer

 

Rosemont College

Class of 2021

Elementary education Major

Why I want to be an educator of excellence 

I want to be that person that students don’t know they need. I want to be able to confidently say “I taught them everything that they know."

Best advice you received about teaching

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!

Favorite Teaching Quote

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

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Molly Bingman

 

Bradley University

Senior

Special Education

Why I want to be an educator of excellence 

I want to help students succeed to their full potential and not be limited to the stigmas.

Best advice you received about teaching

Journal your teaching days! That way you have something to look back on.

Favorite Teaching Quote

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

-Margaret Mead

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Alyssa Crooks

California University of Pennsylvania

Junior

PreK-4 Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology.

Why I want to be an educator of excellence 

I want to be an educator of excellence because I want to be the teacher that gives her students the desire to learn. Growing up, learning new things is how I felt like I connected with the world, so I want to be able to be that teacher that inspires her students to do the same.

I want to be an educator of excellence because I want to be the teacher that gives her students the desire to learn. Growing up, learning new things is how I felt like I connected with the world, so I want to be able to be that teacher that inspires her students to do the same.

Best advice I received about teaching

The best advice that I have received about teaching is to never give up. It can be discouraging if a lesson doesn’t go as planned, the students may not understand it, or if a mistake is made in the classroom, but everyone is a work in progress, which includes both students and teachers. As a future educator, I have become more aware of learning from my mistakes or from my professional peers because in the end, it will make me a better person. Teach the lesson a different way, don’t be afraid to attend professional development, but never give up!

Favorite Teaching Quote

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” -B.F. Skinner

This quote is one of my favorite educational quotes because I believe it helps represent myself. Learning, within itself, is a process, so even if what you learn has been forgotten, the ability to learn it again will never go away.

My Most Memorable Teaching Moment

My favorite teaching moment was the moment that I taught my first lesson. I will never forget that it was a grammar lesson for third graders, and watching the faces of all of my students light up when they were able to grasp the content is a moment in my career that I will never forget.

 Song that gets me pumped to teach

I like to listen to a lot of electronic music, typically without lyrics when planning my lessons, and one of my favorite pump up songs to listen to is called “Forever” by Martin Garrix.

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