I have finally figured out how I can change the world for the better–through educating and inspiring young minds.
I am a 30 year old student pursuing an Elementary Education degree at UNO with a concentration in STEM or Science Technology Engineering and Math. I chose that concentration because my adviser told me there weren’t many women with a STEM endorsement. I also decided I should probably become the president of NE STEM 4U for good measure and am obsessed with encouraging young women that science and math are actually really fun.
I’m always looking for new opportunities to gain teaching experience. Here are some places I’m currently involved.
-I’m technically a senior with all of my credits, but I still have 3 semesters left in my Elementary Education program (including this one and including my student teaching) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
-My concentration is in STEM or Science Technology Engineering and Math. I never grew up thinking I LOVED these things (possibly because of gender norms?), but I really do enjoy math and learning new things in the science realm. I was also going for a dietetics degree (I am fascinated by food science and nutrition–something I can hopefully bring to the classroom) a few years ago which involved a lot of science!
-I also have an Associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College in Applied Science.
-I’m starting my first major practicum this semester which involves at least 60 hours in the classroom in a South Omaha school. I’m excited but also very nervous! (update: it’s going great and I LOVE the kids at Bancroft Elementary!)
-I have a fellowship with NE STEM 4U and was recently appointed the position of President. I’ve only been a part of the organization for a year, so this was quite a surprise and honor.
This involves about 15-20 hours of work each week along with mentoring 1-2 times per week at the disadvantaged schools we partner with. We do lots of fun STEM based projects to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as getting them interested in going to college.
-I work at the UNO Child Care Center on campus which has been a great learning experience for me. During the school year we work with toddler to preschool age children and in the summer, some of the older siblings join us as well.
-I nanny occasionally which reminds me of how much I can’t wait to have kids of my own AND how grateful I am to get to go home and still have time to myself without all of the responsibility. 😉
If you’re curious about anything else, you might want to check out what I’ve been up to the past few years in my About Amanda + Her Blogs to see what led up to my decision to go back to school for Elementary Education.
You can also contact me if you have questions. 🙂
11-9-17 (updated about practicum and added pictures)
10-4-17 (updated current practicum and positions)