They always reminded me that the United States was a place where people came to follow their dreams. I knew very little English, but with the help of my teachers and aides, I was able to learn and exceed academically.At a very young age, it was inculcated that the only way to achieve your dreams and aspirations was through a college education. As education opened many doors for me, I decided in college that I wanted to do the same for my community.Thompson and my mother, who taught me middle school English language arts.
July 6, 2015 July 6, 2015 By Rebekah Schilperoort We asked some of our newest Milken Educators “What factors influenced your decision to become a teacher?
” For some it was an innate calling at a young age. But no matter the path, these educators have profound reasons for choosing the teaching profession.
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Tracy began her career at an engineering company, then lost her job due to downsizing.
As I got older, school was not as easy for me but my teachers always took the time to help me understand what was being taught.
My teachers fostered within me a desire to learn, challenge myself and explore.
I’ve always thought in terms of different learning styles and modes of communication.
I would evaluate presenters or teachers in my head and think of ways that they could communicate to their audience more effectively. I looked up to teachers and communicators who taught in unique and creative ways.
I wanted to share that same experience with others.” “My decision to enter education is a direct result of having wonderful teachers and education opening the door for growth and opportunity in this country.
My parents immigrated to this country when I was 2 years old.