There are many things that I hope for when I think about working with families of diverse backgrounds. I hope that one day we can all speak the same language in terms of moving forward together. I am hopeful that one day, politics and policies will serve the needs of society. I am also hopeful that my engagement and contributions to children and families helps to foster and promote a sense of wholeness that appears to be sinfully lacking.
Early childhood professionals are in a position to break social barrier, and promote the new language of equity. A genuine approach to self reflection will go a long way in helping others, as long as we focus the attention to understanding how history has shaped our thinking, we can move forward in ways that grant justice and equity.
I thank my peers, classmates and professional relationships for modeling and talking openly about the ugly issues that have perpetuated for centuries, and continue today. Your understanding and experiences are the most valuable resources for understanding the challenges that face educators everywhere. Thank you all for your contribution for my personal growth.
Published by emijg1015
I began my road to profession during my high school years. I started at a day care center. During my stead, I pursued my love for hospitality and enrolled at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts program. Since then, I dedicated a good portion of time in the food and beverage industry. I was always too happy to work and be engaged in every aspect, including doing dishes and mopping to bathrooms and trash. I learned early on that hard work and dedication defined who I was, who I am, and who I will be.
During a time of temporary relocation I took on a role as Case Manager for a mostly Hispanic community. Here I fell in love with psychology. Soon after going back home I enrolled in the Psychology program at Argosy University in Sarasota Florida. I applied much of what I learned to how I performed my duties, how I made hiring choices, and more importantly, how to be. On the home front, I applied what I learned when engaging with my family and friends, and in doing so, I have been privileged to inspire my grandchildren to grow up with curiosity and a deep love for adventure. My family is my ultimate love, and my grandkids are my greatest motivators for wanting to pursue an educational path that allows me the opportunity to inspire a young mind. Taking a moment to reflect, I have come full circle. Evaluating the things that I have done, and the strides I have made towards positive professional growth, I return to the place where it all began, school and child care.
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Emily, thank you for your kind words. I agree that we can e agents for change and break those social barriers.