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Victoria Pfennig

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     I want to be in the PDS program because I feel as though it will be an enlightening and informative experience that will prepare me for my future. I believe I will be challenged and face numerous obstacles as a teacher, but I have no doubt that PDS will make me a better teacher so that I can allow my students an opportunity to gain the best education possible. The concept of co-teaching is beneficial to not only the students but also the teachers. Therefore, I would really like to have the opportunity to teach in this type of environment so that I can experience all types of learners and diversity within the school atmosphere.
     After observing Pinckney Elementary School, I realized how much I want to be in a PDS school. While walking around and viewing different grade levels, I could see how positive the collaboration between the teachers was and how it affected the students learning in a constructive manner. I believe that I will have a great support system while student teaching in a PDS school that will allow me to gain knowledge, resources and different teaching methods that will benefit my future students and myself.

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