MEd in Educational Psychology Student
“I truly feel that I am in the right career. As challenging as it can be, it's constantly changing, allowing me to constantly adapt and evolve as an educator.”
- MEd, Educational Psychology
How did you become interested in the field of education? The EDEP Program?
Both of my parents are educators. One was an elementary school teacher, and the other was a community college psychology professor. I grew up surrounded by a love of learning and have always felt comfortable in classroom environments. I have always been inspired by children’s creativity and imagination and have enjoyed nurturing childhood’s joys and magic. Going into the field of education was a natural fit for me. I liked the idea that I was combining the careers of my parents with education and psychology.
Where do you work?
I currently work as a kindergarten teacher at Ala Wai Elementary School.
How has the COE program impacted or benefited your career path?
The College of Education has reignited my passion for teaching, and most of all, learning. I truly feel that I am in the right career. As challenging as it can be, it’s constantly changing, allowing me to constantly adapt and evolve as an educator.
Is there anyone in particular who inspired you to pursue a career in education?
My parents, both educators, initially inspired me to become a teacher. Teaching runs in my bloodline. However, my student teaching experience at Palolo Elementary inspired a passion for embracing diversity and the rich cultures we are surrounded by here.
What are your future plans with your degree?
I always knew I wanted to get a master’s degree, but I spent six years teaching before returning to school. I wanted to pursue a degree that would allow me to deepen my teaching practices and become a stronger educator. Getting into the Educational Psychology Program was an excellent opportunity to do just that. After I complete this program, I plan to become more involved in supporting houseless students and families.