Hello! As you can see from the title, I am incredible. Why? Because I’m me. Well, you may be asking, “Who are you?” I’m Allison, a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL K-12 (Teaching English to Students Of Second Languages). This fall I will be doing my internship/first year teaching at Mapleton Elementary in Mapleton, UT, which is part of the Nebo District. I will be an official Mapleton Mountaineer. This adventure is going to be one of the most exciting, challenging adventures of my life, even though bungee jumping in New Zealand comes in at a close second!
Yes, I was able to jump off a 43 meter bridge in New Zealand in the beautiful city of Queenstown. Even though that was super exciting, the best part was being able to teach five- to seven-year-old (first and second grade) students in a local primary school in Auckland. As part of the education program I had the incredible opportunity to do my second cohort (teaching experience as part of the elementary education program) abroad…and yes, do some amazing traveling in the beautiful country of New Zealand. I loved that I was able to miss winter in Utah and get two summers this year of 2011. Overall, the best lesson I learned in New Zealand was to live with faith and let life be Kai Pai—”everything is good.”
Now that I am back in Happy Valley, I am enjoying the sun, running daily (I just finished my 3rd half-marathon June 25th), finishing up my TESOL minor with a practicum experience at Park Elementary, setting up my classroom, gathering supplies for the upcoming school year, and spending time with the people I love most. For the past three weeks (with four more to go) I’ve been teaching small groups of sixth graders four hours a day, four days a week, and loving every minute of it. I never realized how fun it is to laugh and joke with preteens/tweenagers.
My purpose in writing for this blog is to inform and inspire you—prospective teachers, teachers, alumni, and other students—to be the best person you can be as you decide about the path you are going to take. I’ll write about everything from changes in the Elementary Education program (what that means for students who are just entering the program or who just entered last semester but must follow the changes), to how to rock it on those first days of school based on the book “The First Days of School” by Harry Wong, to important dates and deadlines for Elementary Education students. It’s going to be a great summer, and I am so excited to start this blog and share with you my experience as a teacher 🙂