I am planning to finish all my required courses in spring, 2013 and begin my student teaching in Fall 2013.
Coming to Minnesota as a refugee from Thailand, I was so enthusiastic and hopeful to continue my education for a better life.
Also as a student, I always love math and have great desire to enrich my knowledge in mathematics education.
After assessing what my passions and my abilities are, I decided to become an urban secondary math teacher hoping I could help guide these wonderful children to grow intellectually and pursue what they desire to.
My last hope is one day I would like to become a useful resource person in my Karen community as a professional in education.
My fellow ethnic Karen has been fleeing war and became refugees for many decades. Many children did not have educational opportunities because of life they had to go through.Then, since 2009 until now, having worked in an urban secondary public school in Saint Paul as an educational assistant, I really love my job as an educator.As a result, I would like to take a step further to become a good educator for the lifelong learning journey of the new generations.It felt amazing that I had the opportunity to continue my education, but I did not know how to make it through my first semester.However, I said to myself that I should grab this great opportunity, or it would go pass me.For me, my education journey began at age five in first school, and ended aged twenty-three after graduation from university with a degree in English Literature.Although the levels of academia and specific challenges became bigger and more complicated as my educational journey progressed, it would be fair to say that the ways in which I dealt with each challenge as it came my way remained relatively similar.I understand how it must have been hard for my family since they do not speak English and understand much about life process in the United States.When I started college, I was very happy, but clueless.However, I am really happy now that I could start to dream about my future in real life and not a daydream anymore.Working fulltime and going to school fulltime might be a little difficult, but in order to finance my family without giving up on my dream, I motivate myself everyday to have enough energy.