My name is Judith Ann Hilton and I turned 27 years old on September 21st. I am originally from Summersville, West Virginia; however I have lived in Garrett County since 2005. I have an 8 year old son and a 10 year old step daughter that mean the world to me. As I watch these two grow and develop it shows me twice as many reasons why I want to become a teacher.
I am a Clover Leader in the Grantsville 4-H Club that my children attend and also support them in their hobbies such as baseball, football, basketball, cheerleading and dance as much as possible since it is my belief that exercise and movement promotes learning in the classroom. These particular leisure’s are time consuming; however, I feel this gives a child the motivation needed to strive for what can be, rather than think everything is impossible. I also enjoy being outdoors and in our barn when possible. We have only began raising animals a year ago, but have accumulated 3 calves, 11 goats, a lamb, and a few ducks and chickens. Interacting with the animals is very relaxing and helps to clear my mind whenever I start to become overwhelmed with school, family and the fast paced society we live in. Even though I am a novice, I also enjoy photography and would like to learn more about this hobby as well as possibly become a more creative photographer.
In 2009 I started at Garrett Community College while having no idea how I was to achieve a college degree while working and taking care of my son all on my own. As each day went by things seemed to get easier and I was able to graduate in 2013 with an Early Childhood / Elementary AAT Degree.
This is my 2nd and last year as an undergraduate here at Frostburg State University. My decision on where I would like to go after graduation is still undecided; however, I will be happy as long as I am working with young children with a mixture of abilities. Coming to FSU, I wanted to be in a 1st grade classroom, but after the experience and consideration put forth to various age groups, poverty levels, and social and emotional states, I have told myself that as long as I am able to make a difference for one child, I will take whatever opportunity comes my way.