In middle school I started volunteering in the special education classroom. When I was asked to help with summer school I happily accepted. I absolutely love working with the students. It was natural for me to continue volunteering in high school. I am currently volunteering at the Dutchess BOCES, Salt Point Educational Center.
Working in the BOCES classroom is an incredibly rewarding experience for me as I look towards my future career. Volunteering in multiple classrooms allows me to work as a teaching assistant, as well as a peer mentor. I find it very rewarding to work with different age groups within the school, as well as students with various special needs and disabilities. In college next year I plan to pursue a degree in special education. My goals as a teacher will be to inspire my students to be proud of who they are and strive to achieve excellence.
Motivating others proved to be important part of healing after my stroke. While I was in physical therapy, my therapist asked me to talk with new patients and share my how I learned that despite the changes my stroke caused I still believed I could achieve my goals. Sharing my story and seeing how it helped other patients gave me the idea that I could use my experiences of dealing with my "new body" to inspire and educate others. Public speaking became a natural outlet to use as a platform to encourage others to never give up on their goals.
I enjoy spreading my message to diverse groups with a range of interests inside and outside of the equestrian community. My motivational speeches focus on using ones ability to pursue goals regardless of circumstances that might appear to be roadblocks. I focus on using the powers of drive, determination, and adaptability to shape and achieve your goals. I believe strongly in the power of "CAN" while helping to redefining the label of "disabled". I would love to come and speak at your next meeting! Please feel free to contact me for more information.
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