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Cerina

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By some of you no less!! 

But I believe that I've definitely decided to go back to school...again. I was doing rather well before Luke was born, but then I decided to take a break because newborn, but I never went back. That kid just turned 4.  :unimpressed:

 

So I looked into it. I'm actually only 6 classes away from wrapping up an Associate of Arts. I need:

a 1 hour phys ed class

Texas Government

a speech/communication class

a creative arts class (art history, art/music/dance/theater appreciation)

a language/philosophy/culture class (mostly lit, philosophy, and humanities classes)

and another science

I could reasonably accomplish all of this by the end of summer, but realistically, it'll likely be by the end of the fall. Then I just need to figure out how to make the rest of a BA work out, financially and schedule-wise. 


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Are you eligible for grants? There are colleges in Ohio that offer cheap online classes, and it sounds like your family income might be enough to qualify for Pell grants that could cover all/most of your education.

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Are you eligible for grants? There are colleges in Ohio that offer cheap online classes, and it sounds like your family income might be enough to qualify for Pell grants that could cover all/most of your education.

No. Not yet. Income-wise, probably. But most financial aid requires that you meet certain academic progress criteria, and thanks to all the classes I dropped, stopped attending, or simply just decided to fail in my teens and early 20s, I definitely don't meet those. It'll be another year or so of actually completing classes for those ratios to even out. 



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👏👏👏 Good for you!

Online isn't bad if you are pretty good about not procrastinating. Also helps if the teacher has regular assignments so you cant fall too far behind.

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By some of you no less!! 

But I believe that I've definitely decided to go back to school...again. I was doing rather well before Luke was born, but then I decided to take a break because newborn, but I never went back. That kid just turned 4.  :unimpressed:

 

So I looked into it. I'm actually only 6 classes away from wrapping up an Associate of Arts. I need:

a 1 hour phys ed class

Texas Government

a speech/communication class

a creative arts class (art history, art/music/dance/theater appreciation)

a language/philosophy/culture class (mostly lit, philosophy, and humanities classes)

and another science

I could reasonably accomplish all of this by the end of summer, but realistically, it'll likely be by the end of the fall. Then I just need to figure out how to make the rest of a BA work out, financially and schedule-wise. 

AWESOME!!



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I had **** all to do with this



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I love you still tho...


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Are you eligible for grants? There are colleges in Ohio that offer cheap online classes, and it sounds like your family income might be enough to qualify for Pell grants that could cover all/most of your education.

No. Not yet. Income-wise, probably. But most financial aid requires that you meet certain academic progress criteria, and thanks to all the classes I dropped, stopped attending, or simply just decided to fail in my teens and early 20s, I definitely don't meet those. It'll be another year or so of actually completing classes for those ratios to even out. 

 

If you want to go into education (I believe you would be incredible...I think your experiences as both a parent and a student are invaluable) in a high need field, such as special education, you might qualify for the TEACH grant.  

 

I know it says it only pays for up to $4000 a year, but the TEACH grant actually opened up other grants to me and all combined paid for my masters in exceptional student education.  This degree included endorsements in gifted, special education, and reading so I had a lot of options to how to fulfill the grant requirements.    I ended up teaching at a international private school for exceptional students.  We had a lot of multi-exceptional students (ie gifted and ASD) so I taught AP classes (physics and Environmental Science) to gifted students who qualify IEPs that required supports that many teachers struggled to successfully provide.  The experience really instilled in me the belief that all student can learn at a high level when provided the proper scaffolding to be successful.  If you hate it, it's cool.  Former teachers have a lot of career options.  

 

Anyhow...you should totally do it and move to Denver.  I would totally hire you as a learning specialist/ case manager!



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...I have never in my life considered teaching an option. Like, as a career field it was always close to the bottom of my list. Just really not my thing. It was a shock enough when we decided to homeschool. And now like...I have 2 paid part-time jobs essentially teaching grammar and writing (writing being the ONE thing I CONSISTENTLY failed in school). This is surreal to even think about. It's weird how life turns out. 

I would, btw tho, probably LOVE to teach gifted students with IEPs. Man, talk about a group of kiddos that nobody understands...



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...I have never in my life considered teaching an option. Like, as a career field it was always close to the bottom of my list. Just really not my thing. It was a shock enough when we decided to homeschool. And now like...I have 2 paid part-time jobs essentially teaching grammar and writing (writing being the ONE thing I CONSISTENTLY failed in school). This is surreal to even think about. It's weird how life turns out. 

I would, btw tho, probably LOVE to teach gifted students with IEPs. Man, talk about a group of kiddos that nobody understands...

Yes!  I was the same way.  I either loved of hated school depending on the teacher...the subject didn't matter.

 

I think it is at the bottom of your list because of your ****ty experiences .  Use that as motivation to make a change to make students love learning.  I have awesome teachers and I have teachers that do not belong in the profession and it pains me everyday that I know some teachers can kill a student's passion.  

 

You love learning.  You are passionate about students...especially students whom are more challenging to serve.  We NEED educators like you.  Be the teacher you NEEDED as a child.  



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Literally my entire life's motto is "be who you needed when you were younger". That's my entire parenting and dealing with children on any level philosophy. 

Also, I really prefer the tweens and teens age groups. The subjects are more fun and the kids like my sarcastic and irreverent nature. 


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