Friday, November 13, 2015

A Bit About Me!

Post Written by: Mary Rebro
Year: Senior
Major(s): Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education
Minor(s): Early Childhood Education

Hello! This is my first time EVER blogging and I am thrilled to share my journey in Education with you! My name is Mary Rebro, and I am a senior. I chose UW-La Crosse because it was a good distance away from my hometown, Milwaukee, but yet close enough to go back home whenever I wanted to see my family! The Education Department here at UW-La Crosse is wonderful and the professors are here to make a difference by sharing the knowledge and passion they each have for this profession. I fell in love with UW-L when I first visited the campus and I knew that this is where I wanted to spend the next chapter of my life.
                My major is Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education, enabling me to teach birth through grade six. I am currently in my second field placement at Southern Bluffs with third graders, and I absolutely love it! This field placement is all about engulfing yourself in the classroom and doing as much as you can to gain the full experience of working alongside a cooperating teacher and his/her students. Growing up in a family of ten and always being around children, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. Making a difference in the lives of children and sharing the knowledge that I have gained at UW-L is what I aspire to do as a future educator.

                At UW-L I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group of exceptional students through the S.M.A.R.T (Standing Up For Rural Communities) and MRA (Mississippi River Adventure) enrichment programs each summer. These programs are both organized through the Office of Multicultural Student Services on campus. The goal is to prepare students for college, build leadership skills, learn intercultural communication skills, and build friendships across cultures. I have loved every summer that I have participated in these programs because I've had the opportunity to positively influence the lives of children not only being a mentor, but also a friend, guide, and teacher.