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Amanda Heredia

Amanda Heredia

Education Program/Licensure

Elementary Education- K-9

Middle School Education- Language Arts and Social Science- 5-8

English As A Second Language- K-9

A greeting to my future students

Hi future students! 

My name is Ms. Heredia, and I'm so excited that I get to be your teacher for the summer! I currently live in Huntley, Illinois – about 40 minutes northwest of the city of Chicago. I have five people in my family – my dad, my mom and my two younger sisters, Amy and Abbey. I have two dogs, Rylie and Gemma, and I can't wait to show you how cute they are! I have been teaching for the past seven years, and I love it! I'm currently an instructional coach in Rockford, Illinois, and that means I get to work with students in kindergarten through fourth-grade in all subjects. Before this, I have taught kindergarten, first- and second-grade. I enjoy playing sports, traveling and trying new restaurants with my family and friends. I can't wait to meet you all, and I know that we are going to have an amazing summer! 

Why I want to be a teacher and what I believe promotes great learning

As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a teacher. I come from a long line of educators, and grew up watching the impact they made on the lives of their students, and I knew I wanted to do the same. On a more personal level, school never came easy to me, and I had to work hard for all my grades. I wanted to become a teacher that fully understood that every child learns differently, and that should be looked at as a positive, instead of a negative. I strive every day to make sure all my students know their worth, and have a positive school experience. I have been in education now for seven years, and every year I grow both as an educator and as a learner. I feel like each year my students teach me just as much as I teach them.  

Personally, I feel that showing my students that I still have a true love and passion for education promotes great learning both inside and outside of the classroom. To me, a teacher is a lifelong student, and if you truly believe this, it will come across in your lessons and teaching style. In my classroom, I strive to create a positive learning environment so that all my students feel comfortable, safe and engaged in their learning. I love hands-on learning, and feel that students comprehend more when they are creating and working collaboratively to reach a common goal. I incorporate movement, songs and technology into my daily lessons to help reinforce key concepts; this promotes great learning for all students, regardless of age or academic level. 

Why I am interested in teaching in Taiwan

I am interested in teaching in Taiwan for many different reasons. I come from a multicultural background, and learning about other cultures has always been a passion of mine. In 2011, I spent a year teaching first-grade in Copan Ruinas, Hondruas, and it was a life-changing experience for me. I come from a Spanish background, so while teaching in Honduras was new and different, I could speak the language and was familiar with the customs. I am so excited to expand my horizons and learn more about Taiwan and the people who live there. I'm ready to immerse myself in the culture, learn the language and experience all the firsts that come with teaching and living abroad again. I finished my ESL degree in December, and I'm ready to apply my new knowledge in a real-world setting. I know that the students I will work with in Taiwan will teach me just as much as I teach them. 

My desired superpower and why

If I had a superpower, I would love to have the ability to grant wishes. I would get to be a personal fairy godmother to others, just like in the movie, “Cinderella.” I would be able to grant infinite positive wishes for my family, friends and myself. With this superpower I could make people’s wildest dreams come true!