"I dream that I am able to help children gain the knowledge they need to be successful in life and that they are able to achieve their personal goals. I dream that all children are treated equally."
Rose Thompson, Student, NAEYC member since 2012.
Tell us about your work with young children:
I have worked for East Allen County Schools for over 12 years in the exceptional children's rooms. I enjoy working with exceptional children and learned a lot from working with them. I believe that teachers should adjust to how the children learn so that they can continue to learn and grow.
Why did you become an NAEYC member?
I became a member through Ivy Tech Community College. My instructor directed me to naeyc.org and I’ve enjoyed the content and information the website provides.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
Receiving Teaching Young Children, Young Children and the NAEYC e-Newsletter. The journals are full of the information I need for my assignments, and I enjoy reading all of the articles. NAEYC e-news keeps me updated on everything going on at the association and in the early childhood field.
Young children are so inspiring. That’s why many of us are early childhood educators. Share one way a child has inspired you:
The children that I have worked with all inspire me through their hard work. I see that even when they face challenges while learning, they are persistent in trying to learn. This drive is why I am studying to become a teacher, because I see that if they are able to motivate themselves through tough situations, then I can too.
What is your dream for the future of early-childhood education?
I dream that I am able to help children gain the knowledge they need to be successful in life and that they are able to achieve their personal goals. I dream that all children are treated equally.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy seeing the children smile and get excited when they are learning something for the first time. I worked with a child who was blind and although he found some of the school work challenging at first , he eventually started to enjoy school.
Describe a moment when looking at the world through a child’s eyes changed your perception on something:
I worked with a child who read using braille. He already knew some braille and was able to teach me! It was really fun for me to learn right along with him. Once I became better at it, I was able to help him with the rest of his assignments.
What three accomplishments, personal and/or professional you are most proud of?:
I am proud that I was able to complete my GED, take classes in college, and now I am one class away from earning my CDA Credential and three classes away from my Technical Certificate.
What's your favorite book and why?
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova. It’s about a little boy with autism who learns that even though he has autism, he is still able to learn just like other children.