BEd SPED Hawkins' Scholar

Hispanic female with long dark hair

"Incorporating diversity among teachers is equally essential, providing students with role models who reflect a broad range of backgrounds and cultures within the school environment."


Special Education

Related Degrees

  • BEd in Special Education

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

Throughout my entire life, I’ve contemplated the path I wanted to pursue and invested years in academic exploration. My childhood aspirations ranged from wanting to be an actress to aspiring to become a lawyer in elementary school and a doctor in middle school. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school, when I became involved in a club called “Spartan Buddies” and was introduced to the special education community, that I truly discovered my vocational calling as a future special education teacher. During my high school years, I collaborated with various educators, including teachers, paraprofessionals, aides, and therapists, as well as engaged with the broader community. This hands-on experience allowed me to witness the profound impact of their work, observing firsthand the dedication and inspiration they brought to their roles. They were not only making tangible differences but also creating smiles and fostering opportunities within a community that often went unnoticed or overlooked. Witnessing their unwavering commitment and the positive changes they instigated, I became certain that I wanted to continue their inspiring work. My goal is to contribute to the establishment of a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for future students with special needs. The impactful efforts of the staff and the special education department in my high school played a pivotal role in shaping my career aspirations. Without their influence, I wouldn’t be on the path to pursue a degree in special education, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Why did you choose to become licensed in special education?

Upon entering the special education community at my high school, I developed a profound and enduring admiration for this remarkable group. Through my involvement in Spartan Buddies, I forged connections with individuals I might never have crossed paths with otherwise. These meaningful friendships endure, and every summer when I return to California, I make it a point to reconnect with these extraordinary people and their families, as well as visit the school and staff. During these visits, I update them on my progress, seek their guidance, and express my gratitude for the invaluable friendships and knowledge they’ve shared. When questioned about my choice of a career in special education, I often encounter curiosity, especially considering the prevailing trend in my upbringing where many pursued prestigious careers primarily focused on financial success. While acknowledging the importance of financial considerations, I have always felt a deep-seated conviction that special education is where I belong and where my time is best spent aiding its members. There’s a perpetual sense of fulfillment and a surge of serotonin whenever I engage with this community, a sentiment I believe is often overlooked by many. In a society that often emphasizes lucrative career paths, my decision is driven by the joy and satisfaction derived from giving back and assisting others. Making a difference and bringing smiles to the faces of those in the special education community is not just my professional goal but a source of genuine happiness. If I can contribute positively and bring joy to others, I am confident that I am fulfilling my purpose in life.

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

The presence of diversity in the classroom is crucial, as it serves as a catalyst for cultural and individual growth. Diversity introduces a multitude of perspectives, fostering a rich tapestry of learning experiences. I hold great value in the differences it brings, as they contribute to a varied spectrum of learning styles and viewpoints that enhance my own understanding.

Incorporating diversity among teachers is equally essential, providing students with role models who reflect a broad range of backgrounds and cultures within the school environment. This representation is not only empowering but also promotes a sense of cultural inclusivity. Moreover, the diversity among students is equally impactful, creating an environment where individuals learn from one another and gain insights into diverse backgrounds and cultures distinct from their own. This exchange of perspectives contributes to a deeper understanding and appreciation for the richness that diversity brings. Ultimately, diversity and cultural representation bring about heightened awareness, appreciation, and knowledge to a learning space, offering a unique and invaluable educational experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

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