University High School Academy of Education and Training
My name is Anna Stewart and I am a junior at University High school. I have always wanted to work in academia and share my love of learning with others. I am so blessed to be a part of a program that allows me to gain hands-on experience before I reach college. The A.J. Moore Education Professions Academy gives future educators the opportunity to gain life-long skills that cannot be found in a textbook. As a future educator it is important to realize when definitions and worksheet aren’t enough to reach out to the students. The Dean of Academies, Angela Rieher, and the Head of the Education Professions Academy, Karen Baier, have developed a way for students to participate as teachers in a classroom- The Trojan Tykes Pre- Kindergarten classroom. One of the many benefits of the education academy is our fully functioning Preschool right beside our classroom, with an observation window. This allows students to watch the children’s behavior and assist during their breakfast time and their curriculum based games. In the Education Professions Academy, the learning doesn’t stop in the summer.
During the summer of 2015, I was able to have an internship at the A.R.C of McLennan County. This summer program, for special needs children, allowed me to use all the skills I learned during the school year. It was an enriching and eye-opening experience for me. I learned the importance of community among teachers and students. My internship, through my academy, showed me that gaining an education is not only for advancing in the workforce; education changes the lives of the ignored, mistreated, and underestimated. Education is truly one of the few things in the world that provide equal opportunities despite race, gender, or condition.
Because of my wonderful experiences with the Education Professions Academy and my internship, I feel confident and ready to become the best educator I can be. I plan on attending a four- year university in Texas and earn a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a master’s degree in Education and Curriculum, and doctorate in Education and Psychology.