Hello! My name is Heidi Cecil. I just graduated this spring from Saint Leo University with my degree in Elementary Education, K - 6.
I describe myself as patient, organized, cooperative, creative, and a strong passion to help others succeed. From the time I can remember, I have always admired my teachers. Each one of them left their own significant imprint on my life. I knew early on that teaching would be the right career path for me.
My first job began in 8th grade at a Church Nursery. A typical Sunday, myself and one other worker would watch up to fifteen toddlers. From working at the Church Nursery, families began to ask me to babysit. This gave me the opportunity to babysit for children of all ages, while attending high school.
After high school, I continued to babysit and continued my education at a local Community College. Aside from babysitting, I began to work at a children's fun center, called Fun Factory. At this family fun center, I did everything from scheduling birthday parties, dealing with upset parents, to hosting birthday parties up to 100 children. Working at Fun Factory validated my desire to work with children.
Continuing with my education, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida. My experience with Saint Leo required me to have an overall experience of 180+ hours, in the classroom, during my pre-internships. This gave me the opportunity to see and interact in many different types of schools, as well as various types of teaching methods. During my pre-internships, I was required to create and teach my own lesson plans.
My final student teaching experience took place at Mandarin Oaks Elementary in a fourth grade classroom. I was required to take full responsibility of the classroom for at least eight weeks. I learned during this experience how to maintain classroom management, collaborate with other educators, and most importantly reflect on my teaching.
Since completing my internship, I have been substitute teaching in Duval County. My teaching experience so far has taught me so much and I am excited to continue on this path. I believe that a teacher can never stop learning.