One of the proudest educational accomplishments wasearning my bachelor’s degree in school psychology at Universidad IberoAmericana(UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. I attended elementary and middle school inAtlanta, Georgia. At age fourteen, my family decided to move back to our nativecountry, Dominican Republic.

I attended a private American school where Icontinued my studies in English later transitioning to a college where I would belearning completely in Spanish. Speaking Spanish amongst family and friends aswell as the occasional reading and writing in Spanish did not compare to havingto cognitively switch my learning style and comprehension from my Englishlanguage education. Despite its challenges, I learned that my passion foreducation would push me to strive and excel academically in both languages. Many people around the world, especially women, arestill fighting for their right to obtain their education. My passion and lovefor education stems from being able to identify that I, as a woman, have beenblessed to have been provided with quality education in great schools. Educationprovided me an identity and has given me purpose as to how I can contribute toreach out and help others seeking the same as I was but may not have theopportunities and family support I had.

My professional career began in 2005when I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia. I began working for the GNETS Program (Georgia Network for Educational andTherapeutic Support) providing services for students with emotionalbehavior disorders for the past 12 years.I began as a paraprofessional and transitioned into a GNETS teacher in one of the middleschool outpost programs. The studentscome to the outpost to get transitioned back into the general educationsetting, still receiving therapeutic and academic support from my GNETS classroom.

Having a background inpsychology allowed me to implement the emotional support my students needed. Iwas aware of their disabilities and how to intervene accordingly to meet theneeds of their disabilities. Being in the special education classroom opened myeyes to what these students needed academically of which lead me to purse mymaster’s degree in special education of which I completed in 2016 through GrandCanyon University. My personal and professional vision five years from nowbegins with the decision that I made in enrolling in the doctoral program.Professionally, I plan to contribute with improving policy and advocacy affectingstudents with disabilities. I want to examine policy issues and developappropriate responses to those issues to provide students with appropriate andquality education they deserve. Parent advocacy will also be a strong area Iwill also be contributing to professionally due to the experience I have hadwith parents not knowing or fully understanding their rights as parents ofstudents with special needs.

Teaching at a college level is also another aspectof my five-year vision. Writing children’s books has always been a passion ofmine and hope to fulfill that vision of doing so. On a personal level, I seemyself married and being a mother offering a nurturing and loving environmentto my family.Angela Lee Duckworth stated in her video “The Key toSuccess? Grit.

” That grit is “having passion and perseverance for verylong-term goals” (Films Media Group, 2013). Passion and perseverance can beidentified as my personal strengths that will support me in this training.Challenges that may arise that I will need to overcome may consists of timemanagement and prioritizing personal life, job, and program studies. Thepassion and perseverance that serve as my personal strengths will allow me topush through challenging circumstances reminding me of my purpose of being inthis program and accomplishing my long term- goal of obtaining a doctoraldegree. Overall, I see my education at Northcentral fitting to both my personaland professional development plans and goals due to the program’s flexibility andpersonal attention provided with the one-on-one learning platform that assistsin pursing advanced education.

The information and expectations outlined in the NCUDissertation Center matched my initial expectations by providing helpful tipsand tutorials allowing easy access to get acquainted with the portal. Having completedmy master’s program through an online program, my expectations on the studentand teacher interactions were different to how NCU is set up. Using “TheCommons” portal will be an approach I will take advantage of to virtually meetteachers and students as well as gain insight on what others are thinking anddoing in their doctoral studies. After navigating the NCU Learner Portal, I feelconfident that questions that may arise can be answered by using the resourcesand interactive forum with the NCU community. Areas considered that would needmore support from faculty and advisors would be with perfecting my scholarlywriting abilities.

         One of the proudest educational accomplishments wasearning my bachelor’s degree in school psychology at Universidad IberoAmericana(UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. I attended elementary and middle school inAtlanta, Georgia. At age fourteen, my family decided to move back to our nativecountry, Dominican Republic. I attended a private American school where Icontinued my studies in English later transitioning to a college where I would belearning completely in Spanish. Speaking Spanish amongst family and friends aswell as the occasional reading and writing in Spanish did not compare to havingto cognitively switch my learning style and comprehension from my Englishlanguage education. Despite its challenges, I learned that my passion foreducation would push me to strive and excel academically in both languages. Many people around the world, especially women, arestill fighting for their right to obtain their education.

My passion and lovefor education stems from being able to identify that I, as a woman, have beenblessed to have been provided with quality education in great schools. Educationprovided me an identity and has given me purpose as to how I can contribute toreach out and help others seeking the same as I was but may not have theopportunities and family support I had. My professional career began in 2005when I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia.

I began working for the GNETS Program (Georgia Network for Educational andTherapeutic Support) providing services for students with emotionalbehavior disorders for the past 12 years.I began as a paraprofessional and transitioned into a GNETS teacher in one of the middleschool outpost programs. The studentscome to the outpost to get transitioned back into the general educationsetting, still receiving therapeutic and academic support from my GNETS classroom. Having a background inpsychology allowed me to implement the emotional support my students needed. Iwas aware of their disabilities and how to intervene accordingly to meet theneeds of their disabilities. Being in the special education classroom opened myeyes to what these students needed academically of which lead me to purse mymaster’s degree in special education of which I completed in 2016 through GrandCanyon University.

My personal and professional vision five years from nowbegins with the decision that I made in enrolling in the doctoral program.Professionally, I plan to contribute with improving policy and advocacy affectingstudents with disabilities. I want to examine policy issues and developappropriate responses to those issues to provide students with appropriate andquality education they deserve. Parent advocacy will also be a strong area Iwill also be contributing to professionally due to the experience I have hadwith parents not knowing or fully understanding their rights as parents ofstudents with special needs. Teaching at a college level is also another aspectof my five-year vision. Writing children’s books has always been a passion ofmine and hope to fulfill that vision of doing so. On a personal level, I seemyself married and being a mother offering a nurturing and loving environmentto my family.

Angela Lee Duckworth stated in her video “The Key toSuccess? Grit.” That grit is “having passion and perseverance for verylong-term goals” (Films Media Group, 2013). Passion and perseverance can beidentified as my personal strengths that will support me in this training.Challenges that may arise that I will need to overcome may consists of timemanagement and prioritizing personal life, job, and program studies. Thepassion and perseverance that serve as my personal strengths will allow me topush through challenging circumstances reminding me of my purpose of being inthis program and accomplishing my long term- goal of obtaining a doctoraldegree.

Overall, I see my education at Northcentral fitting to both my personaland professional development plans and goals due to the program’s flexibility andpersonal attention provided with the one-on-one learning platform that assistsin pursing advanced education. The information and expectations outlined in the NCUDissertation Center matched my initial expectations by providing helpful tipsand tutorials allowing easy access to get acquainted with the portal. Having completedmy master’s program through an online program, my expectations on the studentand teacher interactions were different to how NCU is set up. Using “TheCommons” portal will be an approach I will take advantage of to virtually meetteachers and students as well as gain insight on what others are thinking anddoing in their doctoral studies.

After navigating the NCU Learner Portal, I feelconfident that questions that may arise can be answered by using the resourcesand interactive forum with the NCU community. Areas considered that would needmore support from faculty and advisors would be with perfecting my scholarlywriting abilities.         

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