Becky, McKenzie, Cael, and Me... Chevak Wrestling Invitational 2009
Guitar Lesson #1... a bit of a challenge for me...
Well, it is official! I have been accepted into UAF's masters in Cross-Cultural Education program and I couldn't be more excited! The entire program focuses on teaching Alaska Native students in rural AK. It is perfect for me! I have not yet set up a course plan in stone, but I am hoping to graduate in 2012 if I take things nice and easy (that's 1-2 courses a semester). Not sure of a lot of things, but when it comes to school I have goals and dreams and I like to make them come true :)
As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, I was thinking about how fast this school year seems to be flying by. This time last year I had a lot more photos, but many of my experiences last year were new and needed to be documented! lol
This year I suppose I have been focusing a lot on my professional development so that I can be an even better teacher for the students of Chevak. It has been great having a thematic reading program this year and seeing my students grow. I just began an Alaska Reading Course last month and it is absolutely wonderful! There are so many skills and so much knowledge being given to us, I am falling even more in love with literacy! :) I just want to continuously grow for myself and for my students.
I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at the 2010 Anchorage Association of Education for Young Children Conference to be held in Anchorage in February. This year's theme is "Changing One Child at a Time" and my topic will be sharing tools for successful classroom management. I will be speaking in a two-hour slot so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I love public speaking, but this will be my first time presenting on my own and I really want to impart knowledge that will truly benefit those in attendance.
Though the first half of the school year seems to have flown by, I am getting VERY excited for Christmas vacation so that I can be with my friends and family. I cannot wait to spend time with them! My siblings and I will be doing something new this year (possibly a new tradition)... we have the opportunity to help serve at Bean's Cafe on Christmas Eve and I just think this will be such a humbling and beautiful experience. I love my family so much and I love to serve others in need. What a perfect way to spend the morning of Christmas Eve!
I am now beginning to dream up what vacation I might be able to take myself on next summer.. the wheels are turnin'...
My baby brother visited me in October! So, so thankful!
Late October, just after the freeze.