One Last Hurdle- Help me with my DREAM

Most of you know me- I'm a full time mother of two boys, wife, full time student, and full time teacher. I have been teaching, in some aspect, for 10 years. I taught preschool, then ran an after school program, moved into special education, long term substituting and am finally landing in my place as a full time Elementary School Teacher. The road has been LONG. I went a round about way- kids first, then schooling, Bachelors and Masters  Degree before my Credential and here we are. I am SO close. I can finally see the end.  I have been in school for almost 20 years.... Seriously, RCC circa 1999....crazy, I know. I am beyond ready for my career to begin. The career I am passionate about. I attended Cal Baptist University and fully intend to "Live My Purpose". My last hurdle will be the 13-week NON-PAID student teaching which begins in the beginning of September and runs until mid-December.

I am reaching out for help- to my fellow teachers- who've been there, or who know me and my abilities, my family who, I know, supports my dreams, and the parents of all my kiddos I've taught over the years- who KNOW how dedicated I am to my students and my career. I will be using the funds to keep my household afloat while I embark on this LAST part of my journey, so everything can fall into place. This piece, which has kept me away from my dream for so long because I could not foresee how to accomplish this last step without getting paid to do it (internship).

I work almost daily for Val Verde Unified School District as a substitute teacher, mainly long term jobs, and cannot work for them while I am in my student teaching weeks- which I will be doing with them :) We are taking all the steps we can in order to minimize the hurt to our household while I finish this- Note has sold his beloved yellow sports car, we've scaled back everything we were able to in our expenses, we are both applying to night and weekend jobs, and now we are just doing everything we can think of to ensure we make it to the finish line. 

Any support you can give me will be appreciated. If you know me, you know I do not like to ask for help, but I am THIS close to my dream. No amount of pride is going to keep me away now. I've raised my boys, my husband is happy, and I am SO close to having what I want in life..... my teaching I can go make a difference EVERYDAY in the lives of my students. I am SO EXCITED for this adventure and would be so grateful if you could help me see this to the end.

Donations (8)

  • Maribel Riggins
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Yesenia Chavez-Jurey
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs
  • Michael Whalen
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Raymond Whalen
    • $1,500 
    • 4 yrs
  • LeeAnne Murrell
    • $300 
    • 5 yrs
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Natasha Uthaiwat
Perris, CA

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