Monday, July 23, 2012

Why I'm Here!

Tales of Frogs & Cupcakes

So I never link up but more recently I have found a few that I really enjoy--This one especially because I feel like teaching really was my calling! I can't remember if I have posted this before but here it goes!

In Fall of 2007 I randomly signed up for an Alternative Spring Break trip through the University of Missouri. I never thought I'd be chosen and quickly forgot about the trip. Months later I received an e-mail telling me that I was accepted and that I would be spending the week in inner city schools in Philadelphia, PA. Immediately I was pretty excited but also nervous. The trip was basically free and we did a ton of fundraising to get ready. When ASB approached we loaded up in vans and drove the 18 hours to PA. We stayed in churches with bars on the windows and slept on floors. Throughout the next week I was amazed at what I saw.
Growing up in Small Town, USA you don't realize the poverty and sadness that so many others in our country have. I was raised in the typical family with lots of opportunity and support. All of the children I saw were being raised in a failing community. Lots of students had to get themselves up and ready for school and went home by themselves each day. It made me truly thankful for what I had been given.
An awesome experience was when I was placed in classrooms with Teach For America Teachers for observation and help. Those people have teaching jobs that I know I would never be able to complete. The atmosphere was complete chaos and most of the time behavior management was the main focus.

HOWEVER the students were amazing. I fell in LOVE with the classroom and knew from then on I had to be a teacher. I came back to Missouri and immediately changed my major! We also spent a lot of time visiting Charter Schools and understanding their meaning. One of my favorites was KIPP! Which I think are all over the US now?


We spent the afternoons at the Boys & Girls Club Philadelphia-Fairmont which was so rewarding!! Most of these kids had never been around white people before. They thought we were so funny.
Now Looking back I realize this little guy is now in 5th grade! And that makes me feel really old! But this is my story. If you made it this far congrats but I know that is a lot to read. Have a great week! I'm heading down to my classroom to get some work done. It is going to be scary.
P.S. MissThirdGrade.com is going to get a new look VERY soon!!!

18 comments:

Samantha Shepherd said...

I loved hearing more about your background, Courtney! It's obvious that you were called to be a teacher, and a great one at that. :)

Courtney said...

Thanks Sam:) I do love my job!!

Sarah said...

Wow! Your story is amazing...thanks for sharing :)

Sarah
teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

Thanks Sarah can't wait to check out your Blog!

Janaye said...

What an incredibly amazing story, Courtney! I am so glad that you realized what you loved and are now doing it--funny how God leads each of us to our purpose! So glad that you linked up and shared!

Janaye
Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

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