My freshman and sophomore year I tutored peers who were struggling within the French program at my school. This entailed that I would be given a lesson plan by the teacher and reteach students the lessons after school. Usually during these sessions, I would help the same people who were struggling. This allowed for individual improvement to be evident by the tutoring that was being done. Originally, I joined this tutoring program because extra credit was offered, shortly into this experience I fell in love with the work being done. The moment when someone finally understands something they had been struggling with for a while is extremely satisfying to both parties involved. After the French program at Mason High School changed, I had to find a new way to continue teaching. I found an opportunity at my dance studio where I had been a member for seven years. My junior year I continued my teaching experience by assisting one of my dance instructors at Living Arts Dance Studio. This involved teaching younger dancers' technique and new moves for a dance they would perform at the end of the dance season. This was beneficial to my future career because I could observe a different type of teaching environment than a school setting. Towards the end of my junior year I signed up for an Internship class for two out of three of the trimesters of the school year. This entailed I would leave the school after fourth period and go and spend time at a workplace of my choosing where I could gain skills based on what I hope to do in the future. Currently, during my senior year, I have an internship class where I go to North Aurelius Elementary for an hour daily and shadow a second-grade teacher. On most days I help children who are struggling with their math, writing or reading comprehension. By far, this experience is truly my favorite. The everyday occurrence of hugs from the kids and being in the school where I personally grew up is electrifying. There is always a feeling of achievement when a child or peer gains a further understanding of a subject or learns something completely new to them because of my assistance in the subject.
These experiences distinguish me from other candidates because of the variation of age groups I have become comfortable with instructing. Being able to work with kids from the ages of three to eighteen gives me an advantage over my peers. Working closely with teachers within my community, whether it be in the official school system, or on an intramural level, has given me inside knowledge and advice on what kind of teaching style I wish to pursue as I advance my education.
National Honors Society (08.2018-Present)
Mason Helping Hands (07/2019-Present)
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