For as long as I can remember, teaching has always been what I wanted to do, for myself and for the community. My life as a student took several dramatic turns. I went to elementary school in Taiwan, where they had strict disciplinary rules, then I moved back to New York at the age of twelve. I went to a public middle school in Little Neck, Queens, and for high school I was sent off to a private catholic boarding school in Long Island. I’ve always been the type to question how and why a teacher teaches a certain way, I got frustrated when teachers’ actions did not make sense to me, but felt deeply appreciated and cared for when they did something that made me feel they understand me. As I’ve experienced different teaching styles from different cultures, it came natural to me that I want to become a teacher that possesses all of the good and none of the bad qualities of my past instructors.
I am currently enrolled in Queens College, major in Mathematics alongside secondary education. I have several experience working with kids ranging from kindergarten to high school, as well as tutoring my fellow classmates and friends. My experiences so far have been teacher’s assistant at C.C.B. School, small group or one-on-one tutoring both at C.C.B. and Beyond Tutors. The sheer satisfaction when I knew I have helped my students grow in any way, is what I truly strive for in teaching, the acknowledgment and appreciation they have for me are only perks in my eyes. That’s how I am to the people around me as well.
My strength lies within my ability to communicate. I am an extreme optimist and very openminded. People who do not understand me might think I lack emotion other than happiness.The truth is that I do very much feel every emotion, I just use them as fuels to fuel my happiness. When I resolve a conflict because I was feeling angry or upset, and when I help someone because I felt sympathy, it makes me calm and happy. I find that my personality has helped me as an educator, students open up to me more, and have easier time warming up to me, in turn makes it easier for me to help them with what they need. I still have much to learn when it comes to being a professional teacher, but as long as I still find comfort in spreading knowledge and joy to people, never will I stop doing exactly that.