I have decided to start a blog...just out of curiosity basically...and something I've been wanting to try...so I figured with a few snow days to play around and start I would have some time to get it all figured out.
I have titled this blog "My Journey in Early Childhood Education" because that is what my life is right now, and hopefully will be the journey of my life. I am currently an Early Childhood educator and student. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at Butler Community College and working as a student assistant at EduCare childcare center on the Butler campus. Early Childhood Education has become a passion of mine within the last few years.
I have always had a passion for education and wanted to be a teacher but the specifics of that have changed over the years. When I graduated high school in 2006 I was set on becoming an Elementary Music teacher. After studying music for 2 1/2 years I decided that music wasn't the right path for me. I moved back home and began subbing at the elementary school in my community. There I realized that I still did want to teach but that being an elementary teacher I could make just as much of a difference in the lives of students as I could have teaching music. From there I got a temporary job in the Head Start program and that is when I found that where my passion lied was in Early Childhood. I worked as an Assistant Teacher there for a while and then moved to working in the elementary school as a para, and I always knew that ECE was still what I wanted to do. I worked as a para for 3 years and then at the beginning of this school year I went back to Head Start as an Assistant Teacher. I also decided to go back to school in the Fall of 2012 to pursue my passion and work towards an Associates in Early Childhood Education. Most recently I have moved from Head Start to working as a student assistant at EduCare center on the Butler campus where I go to school full-time.
Whew! That brings you up to speed very quickly on my journey thus far. I guess I could tell you some other things about me and what I spend my 'spare' time doing (haha I'm surprised I even know what spare time is). For the past 5 years I have been very involved in the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life of Greenwood County (which is where I live). This is a community event that helps raise money for cancer patients and ground breaking cancer research. I was the Event Chair of this event for 4 years and most recently have stepped down from that role and serve on the planning committee. I am also very involved in my church. I take on many roles within my church including working with the children, assisting in worship, directing the bell choir, and many other things. I also teach piano lessons. I have been doing this for about 2 years now and it is such a blessing. Besides all of those things I love to make sure that I spend quality time with my family and friends.
I will wrap this up-more to come!