Welcome to my blog:

A little bit about myself, my name is Janette and I have been married to my husband for 7 years.  We have three children, ages 16, 7, and almost 6 years old.  I graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  Over the course of my academic career I have considered the following professions:  physical therapist, pharmacist, microbiologist, forensic scientist, and a nurse.  I know, a lot right? Throughout these years friends, family, and even coworkers would tell me that I would be a great teacher and that I should try it out.  I was hesitant of course, what if the students didn’t learn anything?  What if I couldn’t manage a classroom of rowdy students?  How would I be able to manage going to school again when I have small children at home?  The thoughts kept coming and doubt sunk it.  I began to think that if I wanted to pursue teaching it would be after my children were grown and on their own.  The years went by and it wasn’t until this past year that I took the thought seriously.  I had my ah-ha moment!  (or moments…)

I was volunteering in my daughter’s kindergarten class and I couldn’t believe how “addicting” it was!  I found myself looking forward to my next day off to get into the classroom.  The teacher had me assessing the students’ progress as well as monitoring their activities and assisting in crafts.  I built a bond with the children, and seeing the joy on their faces when I visited the class was heartwarming.  I beamed with excitement as I saw the students’ progress, and I couldn’t contain the high-fives I would spontaneously request from them.  I realized through these observations that I wanted to pursue teaching and soon.  That is how I came to be here and now writing this blog.

I am currently enrolled in two education courses and plan to take a third this coming summer.  I have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and I currently possess a substitute teaching permit.  Also on my list of requirements is the successful passing of the California Subject Examinations of Teachers (CSET) in the single subject of Biology.  With all of these requirements fulfilled I hope to apply and be accepted in the Teaching Credential Program at Cal State San Marcos for the fall of 2017.  With the majority of my studies in science I decided to focus on teaching the wonderfully thrilling, ever-so captivating and relevant, subject of biology at the high school level.

In my limited spare time I enjoy hiking and camping.  I grew up camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and I have also visited Yosemite National Park.  A highlight of my backpacking résumé is summiting Mt. Whitney twice, once when I was 14, and 20 years later when I was 34.  I would like to one day complete the John Muir Trail and perhaps after my children are grown, thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail.  I also have a slight obsession with Pembroke Welsh Corgis. I mean could I possibly ever find a more adorable dog?  Probably not.  I hope to one day be a loving mother to a corgi puppy.  In the meantime I have 3 of my human “babies” to raise.

I hope you gathered a bit of information about me and I invite you to follow me on this journey to becoming a teacher.  Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter.

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

~John Muir