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1. Think Big: Share your dream in 50 words or less.
My dream is to become a Special Education Teacher so
I can help individuals with mental and physical dis-
abilities to overcome their challenges and give them a
sense of pride and accomplishment.
2. What did your mom think you would be?
My mom always thought I was going to be a famous
prima ballerina like the dancers we saw dancing in
"The Nutcracker" ballet every Christmas season. She also
decided that she wanted me to become an actress. Once,
I played Ramona from a childrens book series, and I
still remember seeing her double over in laughter as I
declared that, "If I can't be a good sheep, I'm not gonna
be a sheep at all!"
3. When people say “you can’t do that”, how do you respond?
"Actually I can, thank you very much."
4. Why do you do what you do?
I have a passion to help and support individuals
with specific challenges because of the sense of
accomplishment that they give you when you help
them reach even the smallest goals. I also want to show
other students that just because someone is handicapped,
that doesn't mean they are any different on the
5. What has been the best moment and the worst moment so far?
My favorite memory was having a camper reach to hold my
hand, and smile up at me after a long week at camp
filled with screaming and flying food. She was one of
the more difficult campers as she was older than the others,
and had difficulties speaking. I'm not sure if this was due to
her Downs Syndrome, but she also had temperament issues.
Her favorite word, and one of her only words was, "NO!"
Near the end of the week, she and I had a breakthrough
after one of her fits as I got down on her level, looked in her
eyes, and asked her what she wanted. It turns out that
all she wanted was a drink of water, but she didn't
know how to get someone to understand that.
I hate to point out a "worst moment" because I believe that
even the hard times helped me grow as a camp coun-
selor, as well as helping my commitment and drive to
become a Special Ed Teacher grow stronger.
6. Going camping - five things you can’t leave behind?
Courage, patience, sense of adventure, and maybe
a knife and a box of matches might be helpful!