Early Childhood & Elementary Education

By Abigail Keefe
April 16, 2009

I want to be a teacher for many reasons. After choosing Cabrini, I looked into the opportunities that Cabrini offered for education majors and compared them to other colleges.

Along with all of the beneficial classes they offer education majors, they also offer great experiences.

Field experience is when we go into a school for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, but the best part is that each semester you are placed in a different school and in a different grade; this way we get a feel for all types of areas, schools and grades.

So far I have only completed one semester of field experience and that was in first grade, but the knowledge I have gained from those 10 days will be beneficial throughout my life.

I also work with a kindergarten student for my Spanish Educators class. Last semester and this semester, I worked with an English as a second language student at St. Francis School in Norristown.

Being able to work with a student one-on-one really gives me skills to understand working with all different children.

Not all colleges offer the experience in the classrooms that Cabrini offers. Along with the experience and the required classes, Cabrini makes sure that before we graduate we complete all of the PRAXIS exams so that with graduating, we will also be certified in Pennsylvania and be ready to start teaching.

Because of Cabrini, I am comfortable to say that I will be completely ready to teach my own class and start my career when I graduate in 2011.

As of right now, I would like to begin teaching kindergarten students when I become a certified educator.

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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