Growing up, I had always loved playing teacher to my little cousins and family friends but I never considered becoming a teacher. For one, my parents would not have agreed to it; not because they did not think it was a noble and important cause but solely because it was and still not a good-paying job in my community. Also, I was always curious about the fact that my mother always said that the reason I am very smart is because I attended a preschool. However, as my first son grew, I realize that I just wanted to impact knowledge onto him, I loved seeing him explore, ask questions, and learn to do things by himself. That re-awakened the desire and I knew for sure that very soon, in the nearest future I would establish an early childhood program. I also knew that to be effective in this field, it is very important that I equip myself with the required skills and knowledge. I did not want to open a preschool as a business like most people in my community, I want the preschool so that I can do what I really desire; making positive impact in the lives of young children.
My journey started about 22 months ago and I must confess that though it was challenging, I never doubted my decision. I have learnt so much during this period and I am grateful to Walden for affording me this wonderful opportunity. I now have a deep knowledge of how children develop and learn as well as the effective programs and practices that help young children flourish. I have come to understand that every child is unique and gifted and their development should never be compared to another as they blossom at different times. I also know that it is important that I have a critical and self-reflective understanding of my values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve my work. In addition, I also know that there are various issues that impact early childhood like issues bothering on equity and excellence, poverty, importance of play, changing demographics, worthy wages, and so many other issues.
With all the above insights coupled with my knowledge on advocacy, my long-term goal is to make positive impact in my community by providing an exciting and enlightening experience to young children and their families in my program and also collaborating with others in ensuring that similar experiences are given to children and their families at other programs. I would like to express my profound gratitude to all my colleagues for their contribution into my learning. I appreciate all the information and reflections of experiences shared. I would also like to thank all my instructors for their guidance, wealth of knowledge transferred, and devotion in ensuring that we garner as much as possible within the allotted time. I came into this program with very little knowledge and no practical experience, all I had was my passion and hunger for knowledge and you not only met my need, you surpassed my expectations. For these, I am truly grateful. I wish you all the very best in every area of life and I pray that all your desires be met and may your destinies be fulfilled.
Though we have never met face to face, I consider all of you my good friends and I know that …
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