My name is Alyssa Orr, and I am an education student at the University of Regina currently in my second year. My major is English and my minor is visual arts. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, where I attended St. Francis Elementary School and Michael A. Riffel high school. I grew up as one who at first did not intend to become a teacher, even though all of my educators reassured me that one day I would be just that. Looking back, from a young age I was already involved in helping others, for instance, as captain of a safety patrol group, leading study groups with my friends who needed extra help with material, and becoming a peer mediator. It was not until high school that I realized my passion to educate others and specifically my love for certain subjects. I found myself volunteering for peer tutoring in many different subjects, however, English became a specialty of mine. I had always been the “artsy” type and it was when I volunteered to be the props director of my school’s play in grade 10 that I realized my true passion for it.
I believe teachers can play an important role in influencing young minds, and in my case, the teachers I’ve had have inspired me in becoming a teacher myself. As a student, it was the teachers’ influences that drove me to succeed. Teachers’ positive attitudes, encouragement, and belief in me pushed me to be a better student and to see them as role models. These are all aspects of teaching I hope to employ within my classroom. It is my goal to become a mentor for my students and to help them find their full potential.
I believe that teachers should not only be well-educated in their specialties but should also be open-minded about learning and teaching new things. I hope to gain more confidence being in front of students and growing in my abilities to create and deliver a lesson plan.
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