Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.
He ran to my classroom upon seeing the police on school campus, fearing they would take him to a mental institution again. They did. After I shook his hand, he walked calmly to the police car. He ran to me, not for an escape, but for a handshake. This student implicitly calls educators to integrate wellness frameworks into an approach to equitable education. He was soothed by his awareness of my classroom as a safe inclusive learning environment, a climate of mentorship, and my holistic approach to education. He did return about a week later, and the first thing he decided to do- report to my classroom for a handshake and recent assignments.
In pursuit of an M.Ed in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt, I seek formal training that can broaden my impact from individual classrooms to school systems at large. Through graduate study, I aspire to train educators to change the lives of students everywhere. My research interests generally regard identity development in K-12 education, teacher education, and inclusive learning environments. I am passionate about making schools into sites of positive transformation. We can start decreasing the jarring statistics with a good handshake.
Camille from California