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Guardians of Ga’Hoole Multi-Text Unit- Hamrick, Johnson, Ledbetter


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Just a couple of days ago I received an acceptance letter of the Dean of the College of Education…I’M GOING TO IRELAND!!

What does this mean?
Well, I’m student teaching for the first ten weeks of my student teaching semester in the states, then I get to student teach fir the final five w
eeks in Ireland. WOW! What an opportunity! I am filled with all sorts of emotions right now that I have no idea how to express all of them. It all seems surreal right now and I can’t even really believe that I am going to get this incredible opportunity. How am I so lucky? I have no idea, but I’m incredibly excited, pump, psyched, blessed, blissful, overwhelmed, lucky, fortunate, anxious, elated!! I told you I had all sorts of emotions coursing through my brain right now! I just can’t believe that I was chosen. I’m nothing special, but I work hard and maybe this is when all this hard work pays off…who knows! All I know is, is that I have a lot of planning to do, most of which lies with the fac
t that I have to figure out how I am going to pay for this opportunity…where there is a will, there is a way.
I’ll be posting on this blog as I go through my experiences through the planning and the experience itself. I am supposed to leave on March 19, 2011. It is only a few months away so I’ll be extremely busy with final papers, meetings, student teaching, studying for the Praxis 2, learning about Ireland, and I’m sure much, much more. I look forward to sharing with you my triumphs, anxieties, pleasures, and thrills. I can’t wait!!
By the way, here is the acceptance letter i got in my e-mail…look at the date….

until later…


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Application Process

I submitted my application to the international student teaching program quite a while ago. The requirements for this program was to have four recommendations from various faculty and staff of Appalachian State University as well as a recommendation from a person who can testify to my character. Other things that must be taken care of were an essay discussing why I felt I should be accepted as well as why I want to go in the first place, and I also must have an adequate GPA. All of these things I accomplished by the due date.

Guess what, now I get to wait.

And wait.

And wait.


I’m a patient person, but I have been waiting for about two months now. I have to say that it is about time for me to be finding out. It would make my Thanksgiving break so much better, I could restore my faith in myself and my teaching performance as well as validate all of the hard work that I have put in over the past four and a half years of my life. Surely I haven’t excelled at all of my school work for nothing, and surely I haven’t busted my tail for nothing by having a job through the hardest part of my education, and yet still plan on keeping my job throughout my student teaching experience. I know that the feeling of doing an exceptional job is adequate, but surely there is something more out there.

I have been so lucky as to be able to stay in Boone, NC for the majority (if not all) of my student teaching experience with one of the best teachers I know. That, I have been overwhelmed, and super excited about. It is wonderful, magnificent, and incredibly unexpected. This experience alone will provide a wealth of knowledge over the next several months.

Although, the icing on the cake would be to be accepted into this program to go to Ireland. Time will tell. The Lord sure is teaching me patience. Thank you Lord. Even though I am stressing out. I know You know what is best, so I have to trust that no matter what, it is the best situation for me. Either way, I’m ecstatic to be where I am and where I am heading.


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