Preparing Educators as Leaders

Rachel Timmons

PDS Intern
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When I first heard about this program, I got so excited and knew I had to be apart of it. I knew that there are more placements in the Kansas City area, so after I heard a presentation about the program, I called my dad to see if he would pay for gas. I had already looked ahead to make sure that I could be in this program, which shows how much I want this.  I have been debating whether I want to be in a Title I school or not, and this program gives me that opportunity to test the waters. I really do feel that if you can teach in these type of schools, you can teach anywhere. From the presentations, it was clear to me that PDS lets you grow so much as a teacher and benefits you a lot. Another thing that I loved to hear, was how hands on it is. I have always wanted to be a teacher that can make a difference, and this is a program that allows you to do that.

I want a challenge, and I want it through the Professional Development Schools. I already know that it isn't going to be an easy student teaching, and there are times that I will be very frustrated. That is apart of teaching in general though, and I want to get that experience right away. It isn't realistic that you will have a cookie cutter classroom, and there will be students that test you. If I can learn how to reach those students right in the beginning of my teaching career, then I can be one of those teachers that makes a difference in students' lives throughout the years. I want to be in this program, to get the hands on experience, and become the best teacher I can be.


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