Hey, I'm Amanda
I’m a single mom who went back to college at 28 to finally follow my dream of teaching. I worked as a tutor and substitute teacher along the way and knew teaching was for me. Throughout my five year education program, our path was fraught with obstacles- at times even…Read more
I’m a single mom who went back to college at 28 to finally follow my dream of teaching. I worked as a tutor and substitute teacher along the way and knew teaching was for me. Throughout my five year education program, our path was fraught with obstacles- at times even being homeless and only being able to feed my son. I never gave up, and I’ll use that determination to never give up on my students. To push them to succeed and value knowledge to become lifelong learners.
“Learning sometimes occurs because someone insists that you recognize the excellence in yourself.” - Rita Pierson”
Overby-Sheppard Elementary School
1 Years experience
What will the funds be used for
I am starting at a title one school which is rated 1/10 on greatschools & is trying to get accreditation. I’m teaching fifth grade with two other new teachers on my team and a new principal at our school. There is a tiny stipend my principal was able to work in for the 15 or so new teachers this year - which I used to have them order a pencil sharpener, clip boards, and post-it notes. I was donated some books.... and I don’t start getting paid for a whole month from now... which means I won’t have money to buy any other supplies for my room at all for weeks into the new school year. These kids are already at a disadvantage (according to the data) & I want to provide the best way I can for them with the best tools possible and strategies/games/manipulative/experiments/displays/etc that I’ve used successfully in other schools. Since I just graduated with my masters this year, I don’t have much to work with and can’t rely on family members for donations. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I also have a 5th grade sped teacher rooming with me, though he will be rotating into all of our rooms for sped instruction and support. My room is his home base though - so we will occasionally share supplies.