I am currently an intern at King College Prep on the South Side of Chicago. I graduated from Michigan State University in May 2012 with a degree in Biology with a Chemistry teaching minor and the Integrative Science Endorsement. I grew up in a small town in Michigan in a very homogeneous, working class community. This setting taught me that a strong work ethic and good moral character are necessary to achieve personal goals and to attain success. I've carried this with me throughout my journey from high school to college, and I attribute many personal successes to both of these qualities. However, after attending Michigan State I soon realized my small town lacked diversity. Having the opportunity to interact with individuals from all different cultures and areas around the globe taught me to be open-minded and appreciative of the great perspectives people from diverse societies can offer our global community.
Throughout college I've had numerous teaching experiences as well as opportunities for working with disadvantaged youths. These experiences have been both inspiring and transformative in my life and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to continue on this journey. As a future teacher, I am determined to work side-by-side with youths in low-income areas to help them find opportunities for success. And it is my hope that I, my school, and my district can work together to create leaders, problem-solvers, and diverse thinkers for our world.