The Path of a Lifelong Learner

It all started with my father. A hardworking man who made a living for his family through farming. He never turned down a question, in fact he encouraged them. He instilled in me the courage to question what I did not know and what I was interested in.

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In the first grade I was introduced to the school librarian. At the time I did not know the impact she would have on my life. She taught me the importance of literature. She was always available to answer my questions and suggest a good book. Because of her I was able to discover my love of reading.

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In 2011 I graduated from High School. I had the privilege of learning from many different educators, but one in particular had a profound impact on me. Her name was Ms. Clark and she was my anatomy and physiology teacher. She always had a smile and was willing to help in any way. It was because of her that I decided to go into the nursing profession.

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It was my second semester of college when I was put on academic probation. I can still remember the awful feeling I got when I read the letter explaining my GPA had fallen below the acceptable percentage. This is when I came to the realization that nursing might not be for me. I had lost focus and wasn’t interested in any of the classes I was taking. I took a step back and after a lot of thought decided to change my major to education.

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This past year I began working in a high needs Special Education classroom. It reassured me that I was on the right path. I have learned so much from the students I have had the opportunity to work with, and hope they can say the same. I have laughed with them and cried with them. I have met so many amazing people with so much knowledge to offer. My path is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

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7 thoughts on “The Path of a Lifelong Learner

  1. Danielle,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I also have a passion for the Special education classroom. Although at times it is challenging the job is very rewarding. I love how you describe how emotionally connected you are to your students. You can tell that you are invested in seeing them succeed.
    Charity

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    1. Thanks Charity. I agree teaching Special Education can be very challenging at times especially if you don’t yet know how to approach a situation, but in the end it is always worth it. Although I have only been in my current classroom for a year I have built a relationship with many of the students and this makes the time we spend together so much better for both of us.

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  2. Thank You. Nursing definitely wasn’t for me but I was able to learn so much from the experience and there has been several times I was thankful for the knowledge I gained. I also believe that teaching is the perfect fit for me.

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  3. You are definitely in the right place, if you have experience that passion with your students and those around you to help you, I think you found your fit! I was a nursing major as well, in nursing school, and I got a 73 on a final and needed a 74 to continue on. I can imagine your feelings when you read your GPA letter because I remember that same feeling when they told me I couldn’t go on, I think I cried for like 5 hours! I couldn’t even fathom what I was going to do next because all of my life this is all I ever wanted to do, so like you I really had to take a step back, take a good long hard look at my life and reevaluate what I was going to do next. Good luck on your future! You’ll be great!

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