My name is Monica Holmes. I am from East St. Louis, Illinois. I am currently a sophomore at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, studying elementary education. I am determined to be a great teacher; I was inspired by my second grade elementary school teacher to teach the little children. I believe that I have the dedication and capability to make a positive change in my students lives. In 2011, I was selected to be a scholar of the Golden Apple Foundation. I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to get the hands on experience with students. This program is excellent and preparing me for what I have to endure in the future.