My name is Brandon De Souza and I live in Surrey, British Columbia. I am currently a fourth-year student in the field of Education with the hopes of becoming an elementary teacher. My hopes and goals for the future are to gain a better and deeper understanding of all the elements associated with Education in today's society, along with the criticisms that educators currently face.
WHY FACULTY OF EDUCATION
In the Faculty of Education, all students are welcoming, caring, friendly, and encouraging of one another. Over the past three years, there has never been an Education class where I failed to make friends or enjoy the learning material and all concepts gradually build on one another.
I am naturally inclined towards educating young children because I admire their innocence and recognize the potential they have towards being successful in their everyday lives. One particular life experience that guided me towards counselling and teaching were the interactions I had with my primary teachers. For example, my grade two teacher always knew how to calm me down and control my emotions when I was frustrated during class, and she displayed an enormous amount of empathy which made me feel valuable and appreciated. Through the interactions I had with my elementary teachers as a child, I learned the importance of being a positive role model and the impact that it has on young children.
BEST LEARNING EXPERIENCE
I am currently working as a member of Friends of Simon, where I help at-risk children and provide literacy tutoring in various multicultural settings. Through this tutoring program, I have the opportunity to practice interpersonal skills such as leadership, cooperation, patience, and planning regarding the classroom environment. This program also offers tutors the opportunity to construct activities and lesson plans towards students of various age groups, which is a vital skill that all educators encounter in their everyday lives.
Throughout high school, I was always influenced by my family and friends to work towards a brighter future. However, many people expressed their concern that I should not go into the teaching profession merely because it was frowned upon as “effortless” or “irrelevant,” but instead stick to the Sciences. I want to inspire youth to always chase your dreams and follow your heart no matter what obstacles you may encounter because it contributes to your developing sense of identity and character.