The most important thing I have learned is to persevere and stay organized. At times, balancing your course assignments with your field hours and other outside commitments can be somewhat overwhelming, but in the end you will always make it through! In addition, you never realize how much you actually learned until you have the opportunity to put it into practice.
I can wholeheartedly say that I felt prepared for my Block V experience due to the four semesters in the program beforehand. It is amazing to see how everything starts to intertwine and come together in the upper blocks.
I am most looking forward to fine-tuning my own teaching style when I am fully in charge. I have had three amazing mentor teachers in my blocks and have learned a lot from each one individually; I can see parts of each of their styles in my teaching today. Whether it be the way I talk with students, my classroom management style, or other tips or tricks I've picked up, each one reminds me of one of my mentors. I am excited to see what I put into practice and how their inspirations shaped me to be a great teacher. Someday, I hope to do the same for other preservice teachers that are also going through the Early Childhood program.
Graduation Date: May 2019
Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio
Program: Early Childhood Education