Preparing Educators as Leaders

Lenora Amador

PDS Intern
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There are many reasons why I hope to spend my student teaching time in a Professional Development School, the primary of which is knowing that in a PDS I can make the most difference in the lives of my students.  Growing up in Foster Care I attended more than 12 school, was often the minority in my school, and well as the recipient of free lunch and other financial aid programs.  These experiences allowed me to know what type of teacher I hope to be, and what environment I hope to teach in.

Children spend the majority of their waking hours in school, and teachers play a role not just as educators but as role models and mentors for students. Student teaching in a PDS will provide me the needed foundation to teach in an urban school, and be the best educator possible for my students.


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