Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Petty and I am a senior. I’m in the 5 year Elementary Education Masters program, and am also an English major. I am taking this course over the summer because I needed to take a summer course in order to graduate a semester early, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking a class with Dr. Scanlon last semester, Modern Poetry.
I picked this picture of me because it shows a little bit of my personality. This is a picture of me with my hamster Benny. This snapshot represents how happy I am with little things, literally and figuratively. All throughout my childhood I had wanted a hamster and was not allowed to have one, so when I got to college I showed my parents up by spontaneously getting a hamster. He doesn’t do much, but putting him in his ball and having him roll around while I do homework puts a smile on my face. It doesn’t take much for me to be happy, I’m pretty laid back and easily entertained.
Featured in the bottom left corner of this picture is my favorite blanket. I was in a car accident when I was in high school and a woman who heard the car crash brought this blanket to me from her home and wrapped me in it as I waited for an ambulance to arrive. The blanket is a reminder of how important kindness was to me in that moment and how I need to show the same kindness to others. This is reflected in my teaching philosophy that I have developed over the 3 years I have been in UMW’s Elementary Ed program. I want all of my students to come out of my classroom as kind individuals, and will do everything in my power to instill that character quality in them.
I am working as a substitute teacher and because I am in for a new teacher the every day, I never have to bring work home with me. I am glad that I am taking this class because it is something I will have to continuously work at and think about. I am excited to hear everyone’s opinions and interpretations of the literature we read together as a class! Cheers to a great 5 weeks.