“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. This
quote is from Nelson Mandela. The reason I dream to educate children is I want to make a
difference in their lives. My past experience with hobbies, jobs and life is what inspired me to
become an educator.
My experiences all started when I was born in Dallas, Texas in 1989, but I was raised in
Lake Charles, Louisiana. My family and I have lived in Lake Charles since I was five years old.
My mother, Sheila Babineaux, was born and raised in Lake Charles. She has a fairly large family
that was raised here with her. She has a mother, father, one sister, and three brothers who all
have at least three children. Another part of her family that is very close to us is her mothers
brother and his eight kids and now there children. They are the Ange’s. My father, John Newell,
on the other hand was raised all over the United States because his dad was in the Air Force, but
he was mainly based in San Diego, California. He too has a large family that consists of five
siblings and all have at least three children also. I have two sisters. Sadie is sixteen and she was
born in Houston, which is where we lived for about two years after Dallas and before we came to
Lake Charles. The other is ten, her name is Jaquelyn and she was born in Lake Charles. The
main thing that both of my sisters and I have in common is dance and cheerleading. I was a
cheerleader for my elementary school, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, and for my all of my high
school years at Saint Louis Catholic High School. I competitively danced at Tammy Palmers
Center Stage for thirteen years. I quit when I was a junior in high school but my sisters are still
competing. Dance and cheerleading are my two best talents and the things I love doing the most.
Being competitive in dance consisted of a lot of traveling. For the main competitions we traveled
to Houston, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. The national competition, which is the last and
largest competition of the season, is when we traveled far away. We would travel to Florida,
West Virginia, California, Arkansas, Missouri and many other places. Dance had a great effect
on my life and what I wanted my profession to be, and it also gave me my first job.
I have had many jobs dealing with kids and work experience related to education and
some that did not deal with education. I started working when I was fourteen. My work
experience that is not related to education started at McAllister’s Deli and The Lake Charles
Country Club working as a waitress. For a summer job I helped my grandparents rebuild and
paint there house after hurricane Rita hit. And currently I am working at a credit union which is
called CSE Credit Union and I have been there for seven months. My first job consisted of
teaching young children. I was a dance teacher when I was fourteen years old at Tammy Palmers
Center Stage, and I taught for about two and a half years. I taught mainly three to eight year olds
and I just taught them the basics of dance. I also did private lessons, which was a one on one
class betwwen a student and a teacher for thirty minutes. Doing this is what showed me that I
love kids and interacting with them, which is why I want to be an elementary teacher. Another
educational job I had was babysitting at the Family Life Center. Although I have never really
tutored I have helped my little sisters with there homework many times. Interacting with children
has happened all of my life from having jobs dealing with them to taking care of my little sisters,
and being a educator for children and making a difference in their life is my next goal.
Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a teacher. I can remember playing
teacher and house with my friends when I had a sleep over. Now I am making those dreams
come true. I am currently in a relationship that I am hoping to start a family out of some day. I
am only eighteen but I have been with my boyfriend for two and half years now. I have always
dreamed to have a husband by the time I am twenty-one, be a teacher by twenty-five, and build a
house and have kids shortly after that. Another long term goal I have is to be a cheerleading
coach at the school I am teaching at. These goals and dreams will only come with time, but my
first short term goal is to be accepted into the college of education program and graduate from
college with a teaching degree.
I chose teaching as a career because of the first job I had when I was fourteen which was
teaching children how to dance. I loved interacting with them and I loved there personalities and
the funny things they did. I also loved to teach them because it made me feel good when I knew
they learned something from me and they had fun doing it. I know dancing and teaching is not
the same thing but I would love to make a difference in children’s lives and what better way to
do that then to be there school teacher.