Student Teaching = Finish Line

I have never been one to ask for hand-outs, especially when I see others on here needing medical bills paid or funeral costs covered. However, I would not be on this website if it wasn't a last resort. As it is, I'm working three jobs in order to save for my cause. Because I have depleted my Financial Aid allotment, simply cannot cut anything else out, nor have the time in the day to take on more income in attempts to save, I'm left to swallowing my pride and asking for assistance. It is my wish to raise $3,000.00 in order to pay for my student teaching in January and graduate from Grand Canyon University. Completing student teaching will be the very last step in my ten years (time due to working two jobs) of college. Not only will I be the first member of my entire family to graduate with a B.A., but I will also have the opportunity to pursue my life-long dream of becoming a Special Education or Elementary teacher.
     My passion for teaching is inexpressible; it cannot be described, for what lies within me is more than what some weak adjectives could ever portray. I want to be a role model for those who have gone their whole life without someone to learn from and look up to. I wish to impact my students the way my role models have impacted me. I want to advocate for those without a voice. I want to be there for the children who just need that one positive person on their side. I don’t just want to be a great teacher; I feel it is my purpose in life. Even if I only reach just one student, it would be worth every challenge, every penny, and every minute spent. My mission as an educator is to prepare my students for the real world by creating a problem-solving, fun, active, and experimental learning environment. By respectfully and compassionately encouraging my students to build on their latent knowledge, I hope to help them develop a strong sense of self-efficiency and confidence that will further them in life.
     Asking for help, when I know I could never repay any of you, is very hard for me. But I can promise your support means, not only helping me, but helping me help others down the line. Any little bit helps and I am truly thankful that you’ve taken the time to read this!
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Cassie Turner 
Tacoma, WA
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