One Canyon University. My personal and professional vision

One of the proudest educational accomplishments was
earning my bachelor’s degree in school psychology at Universidad IberoAmericana
(UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. I attended elementary and middle school in
Atlanta, Georgia. At age fourteen, my family decided to move back to our native
country, Dominican Republic. I attended a private American school where I
continued my studies in English later transitioning to a college where I would be
learning completely in Spanish. Speaking Spanish amongst family and friends as
well as the occasional reading and writing in Spanish did not compare to having
to cognitively switch my learning style and comprehension from my English
language education. Despite its challenges, I learned that my passion for
education would push me to strive and excel academically in both languages.

Many people around the world, especially women, are
still fighting for their right to obtain their education. My passion and love
for education stems from being able to identify that I, as a woman, have been
blessed to have been provided with quality education in great schools. Education
provided me an identity and has given me purpose as to how I can contribute to
reach out and help others seeking the same as I was but may not have the
opportunities and family support I had. My professional career began in 2005
when I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia. I began working for the GNETS Program (Georgia Network for Educational and
Therapeutic Support) providing services for students with emotional
behavior disorders for the past 12 years.

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I began as a paraprofessional and transitioned into a GNETS teacher in one of the middle
school outpost programs. The students
come to the outpost to get transitioned back into the general education
setting, still receiving therapeutic and academic support from my GNETS classroom. Having a background in
psychology allowed me to implement the emotional support my students needed. I
was aware of their disabilities and how to intervene accordingly to meet the
needs of their disabilities. Being in the special education classroom opened my
eyes to what these students needed academically of which lead me to purse my
master’s degree in special education of which I completed in 2016 through Grand
Canyon University.

My personal and professional vision five years from now
begins with the decision that I made in enrolling in the doctoral program.
Professionally, I plan to contribute with improving policy and advocacy affecting
students with disabilities. I want to examine policy issues and develop
appropriate responses to those issues to provide students with appropriate and
quality education they deserve. Parent advocacy will also be a strong area I
will also be contributing to professionally due to the experience I have had
with parents not knowing or fully understanding their rights as parents of
students with special needs. Teaching at a college level is also another aspect
of my five-year vision. Writing children’s books has always been a passion of
mine and hope to fulfill that vision of doing so. On a personal level, I see
myself married and being a mother offering a nurturing and loving environment
to my family.

Angela Lee Duckworth stated in her video “The Key to
Success? Grit.” That grit is “having passion and perseverance for very
long-term goals” (Films Media Group, 2013). Passion and perseverance can be
identified as my personal strengths that will support me in this training.
Challenges that may arise that I will need to overcome may consists of time
management and prioritizing personal life, job, and program studies. The
passion and perseverance that serve as my personal strengths will allow me to
push through challenging circumstances reminding me of my purpose of being in
this program and accomplishing my long term- goal of obtaining a doctoral
degree.

Overall, I see my education at Northcentral fitting to both my personal
and professional development plans and goals due to the program’s flexibility and
personal attention provided with the one-on-one learning platform that assists
in pursing advanced education.

The information and expectations outlined in the NCU
Dissertation Center matched my initial expectations by providing helpful tips
and tutorials allowing easy access to get acquainted with the portal. Having completed
my master’s program through an online program, my expectations on the student
and teacher interactions were different to how NCU is set up. Using “The
Commons” portal will be an approach I will take advantage of to virtually meet
teachers and students as well as gain insight on what others are thinking and
doing in their doctoral studies.

After navigating the NCU Learner Portal, I feel
confident that questions that may arise can be answered by using the resources
and interactive forum with the NCU community. Areas considered that would need
more support from faculty and advisors would be with perfecting my scholarly
writing abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the proudest educational accomplishments was
earning my bachelor’s degree in school psychology at Universidad IberoAmericana
(UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. I attended elementary and middle school in
Atlanta, Georgia. At age fourteen, my family decided to move back to our native
country, Dominican Republic. I attended a private American school where I
continued my studies in English later transitioning to a college where I would be
learning completely in Spanish. Speaking Spanish amongst family and friends as
well as the occasional reading and writing in Spanish did not compare to having
to cognitively switch my learning style and comprehension from my English
language education. Despite its challenges, I learned that my passion for
education would push me to strive and excel academically in both languages.

Many people around the world, especially women, are
still fighting for their right to obtain their education. My passion and love
for education stems from being able to identify that I, as a woman, have been
blessed to have been provided with quality education in great schools. Education
provided me an identity and has given me purpose as to how I can contribute to
reach out and help others seeking the same as I was but may not have the
opportunities and family support I had. My professional career began in 2005
when I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia. I began working for the GNETS Program (Georgia Network for Educational and
Therapeutic Support) providing services for students with emotional
behavior disorders for the past 12 years.

I began as a paraprofessional and transitioned into a GNETS teacher in one of the middle
school outpost programs. The students
come to the outpost to get transitioned back into the general education
setting, still receiving therapeutic and academic support from my GNETS classroom. Having a background in
psychology allowed me to implement the emotional support my students needed. I
was aware of their disabilities and how to intervene accordingly to meet the
needs of their disabilities. Being in the special education classroom opened my
eyes to what these students needed academically of which lead me to purse my
master’s degree in special education of which I completed in 2016 through Grand
Canyon University.

My personal and professional vision five years from now
begins with the decision that I made in enrolling in the doctoral program.
Professionally, I plan to contribute with improving policy and advocacy affecting
students with disabilities. I want to examine policy issues and develop
appropriate responses to those issues to provide students with appropriate and
quality education they deserve. Parent advocacy will also be a strong area I
will also be contributing to professionally due to the experience I have had
with parents not knowing or fully understanding their rights as parents of
students with special needs. Teaching at a college level is also another aspect
of my five-year vision. Writing children’s books has always been a passion of
mine and hope to fulfill that vision of doing so. On a personal level, I see
myself married and being a mother offering a nurturing and loving environment
to my family.

Angela Lee Duckworth stated in her video “The Key to
Success? Grit.” That grit is “having passion and perseverance for very
long-term goals” (Films Media Group, 2013). Passion and perseverance can be
identified as my personal strengths that will support me in this training.
Challenges that may arise that I will need to overcome may consists of time
management and prioritizing personal life, job, and program studies. The
passion and perseverance that serve as my personal strengths will allow me to
push through challenging circumstances reminding me of my purpose of being in
this program and accomplishing my long term- goal of obtaining a doctoral
degree.

Overall, I see my education at Northcentral fitting to both my personal
and professional development plans and goals due to the program’s flexibility and
personal attention provided with the one-on-one learning platform that assists
in pursing advanced education.

The information and expectations outlined in the NCU
Dissertation Center matched my initial expectations by providing helpful tips
and tutorials allowing easy access to get acquainted with the portal. Having completed
my master’s program through an online program, my expectations on the student
and teacher interactions were different to how NCU is set up. Using “The
Commons” portal will be an approach I will take advantage of to virtually meet
teachers and students as well as gain insight on what others are thinking and
doing in their doctoral studies.

After navigating the NCU Learner Portal, I feel
confident that questions that may arise can be answered by using the resources
and interactive forum with the NCU community. Areas considered that would need
more support from faculty and advisors would be with perfecting my scholarly
writing abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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