When it comes to education, I have experienced both worlds: the good and the bad. As a child, I was held back due to my inability to keep up with the rest of the class. My confidence and self-esteem were down. My parents worried about my future. It was a situation they were unfamiliar with, and quite frankly, clueless on how to handle. Their first step was to accept my situation: another year meant another opportunity. The next step was to budget the money to enroll me in supplemental education. The last step was to wait and watch. After months of hardwork and determination, the results began to show.
My grades changed dramatically, but more importantly, my attitude about education took a change for the better. I had a new form of confidence and self-esteem. Challenges were merely road blocks I could work to overcome. My new attitude carried on with me through my years of grade school. I went on to graduate from the Montgomery magnet program and earn a scholarship to attend college. In college, I motivated myself to earn two degrees and participate in additional programs. Now, I embark on the challenge of being a Kumon instructor. Working to help the students growing up in my community by improving not only their academic skills but also their work skills and attitude towards learning. I will admit it is no easy journey, but it can be done with hard work and determination. My goal as a Kumon instructor is to foster children to believe they can reach their full potential.