When I first began my studies in education, I already knew of which type of school I was interested in being placed--suburban. I have always felt myself to be better placed at a school with students, staff and parents with similar backgrounds as my own. However, because of my studies here at the University of Kansas, my idea of the perfect place to student teach has changed drastically. In the School of Education, I have learned that lower-income schools, particularly those in the urban setting, require a special type of person to be a guide to the students' learning.
As I have reflected on my past notions and current abilities, I feel like I would be an excellent candidate for the PDS program because of my passion for student success. I want to be an advocate for all students, regardless of background, and guide them to his or her fullest potential. By having the experience from working in a PDS site, I will have gained valuable skills and knowledge required to be an excellent teacher, so that I may continue to utilize these skills on the many lives I will touch throughout my teaching career.