BEd ECE/SPED Hawkins' Scholar

Asian female with light skin and shoulder length hair

"As a future special education teacher, I aspire to create an environment where these children can thrive, feel accepted, and develop a love for learning."


Special Education

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  • BEd, Early Childhood & Early Childhood SPED

Why did you choose to become a teacher, in general?

My journey toward becoming a teacher was deeply shaped by the profound impact of my brother’s life and the lessons he taught me during his courageous battle with cancer. His legacy inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and initiate the “Agape” service project in high school, six years after his passing.

Why did you choose to become licensed in special education?

Becoming a licensed special education teacher is a natural extension of my commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children, particularly those facing unique challenges. My decision was heavily influenced by my experiences during the “Agape” service project, where I had the opportunity to connect with in-and-out patients, many of whom shared their difficult schooling experiences and the fear of being treated differently by their peers and teachers. Witnessing the struggles these children faced in traditional educational settings highlighted the need for dedicated and understanding educators who can provide the necessary accommodations and support. Children undergoing rehabilitation often require special attention and adjustments, and I want to be a source of encouragement and transformation in their educational journeys. Throughout my interactions with children with special needs, I discovered a deep enjoyment in connecting with them. Their purity and straightforwardness resonated with me, and I believe that every child, regardless of their abilities, deserves a positive and inclusive educational experience. As a future special education teacher, I aspire to create an environment where these children can thrive, feel accepted, and develop a love for learning.

Why do you feel it is important to have diversity in the classroom?

Diversity in the classroom, encompassing both teachers and students, is crucial for several reasons. In a place like Hawaii, where cultural diversity is inherent, the significance of this diversity becomes even more apparent. Firstly, a diverse classroom enriches the educational experience for everyone involved, including teachers. Personally, I have found tremendous value in observing and engaging in conversations with children from various cultural backgrounds. The exchange of ideas, perspectives, and traditions enhances the learning environment, making it more dynamic and vibrant. Teachers, too, can learn valuable lessons from the diversity of their students, gaining insights that contribute to their professional growth and teaching methods. Moreover, a diverse student body brings different strengths, talents, and perspectives into the classroom. This diversity fosters a sense of community where students learn not only from their teachers but also from each other. Interacting with peers from various cultural backgrounds promotes a deeper understanding of different perspectives, cultures, and experiences. For teachers, managing a diverse classroom provides an opportunity to develop and implement inclusive teaching strategies that cater to the varied learning styles and needs of students. This adaptability contributes to a more effective and responsive educational environment. On a broader scale, exposure to diversity in the classroom helps cultivate essential values such as empathy, respect, and cultural awareness among students. It prepares them for a globalized world where collaboration and understanding across different cultures are increasingly important. By embracing diversity from an early age, students are better equipped to navigate and contribute positively to a multicultural society. In essence, the importance of diversity in the classroom lies in its power to create a more enriched and inclusive learning environment, fostering mutual understanding, respect, and empathy among students and teachers alike.


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