I have been thinking back to who I was before the UC Davis
credential program, and I cannot believe how much I have grown. I
entered the credential program thinking I knew how to be a
teacher, and I quickly realized there is so much more to learn! I
now know that teachers are lifelong learners and I want to thank
you for getting that learning off to such a strong start.
I thank the faculty most of all.
Shannon Cannon, thank you for setting such high expectations.You
set the bar for the entire year. The work ethic that you
encouraged us to have is something that we will need throughout
our careers in education. I was routinely impressed by how
well-prepared your lessons were. With your enthusiasm,
creativity, and organization, you have become one of my role
models. Thank you for continually going above and beyond to give
us rich educational experiences. I appreciate all of the guidance
and support you gave us throughout the year.
Al Mendle, thank you for always making learning fun. I enjoyed
all the hands-on math activities that we did, and my students
this year enjoy them as well! Thank you for encouraging us to
make a strong website. I never dreamed I would be able to make a
website with so many links and embedded videos, but you made it
possible! Not only do I have the confidence to make my own staff
website, but I have the confidence to help my students create
their own websites as well! Thank you also for your patient
guidance with the PACT. Your guidance made what seemed
overwhelming at first to actually be not only manageable but a
valuable learning experience as well.
Michele Fortes, you opened my eyes to the wonderful world of
writing. I end each day of class with my students writing in
their journals, and I write back to them just like you did. I had
a student tell me in the beginning of the year that she hated
writing and now she can’t get enough of it! Thank you for giving
us ideas on how to make writing fun, authentic, and meaningful.
You shared with us a joy of reading and writing that I hope I can
pass on to my students.
Beth Foraker, thank you for being such a strong support system.
You told me that you would be our cheerleader, and you sure were!
When you observed me student teaching, you helped me to become a
confident teacher. Reflecting with you was always a valuable
experience and I have learned a lot from my conversations with
you. Thank you so much for believing in me and giving me the
advice that I needed to be successful.
Through all of your help, I was able to get my dream job teaching
5th grade at Birch Lane Elementary in Davis. I am constantly
thinking back to everything that we learned in the credential
program as I make my lesson plans for the year. The program
thoroughly prepared us to go out into the world of education and
make a difference. I still have so much more to learn, but I want
to thank you so much for getting me off to a strong start. You
have made a huge difference in my life and I only hope I can make
that same difference for my students.