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Tonight, I held my very first sign language class! It was so exciting to bring together my love of teaching and American Sign Language to begin giving lessons.
Even though it's only been one night, and I will be working with other people for the other classes I'm offering, I can already tell that I'm going to love teaching ASL if all of the people who come for lessons are as nice as the people I taught tonight. I was a little nervous before the class started, because the only people I've taught signs to in the past are my little brother and sisters, and I always get a bit anxious before meeting new people. But I was so glad that I put myself out there and offered these lessons, because not only am I going to make a little bit of money from this, but I'm also meeting some really nice people in the area.
Sometimes, I think I'm crazy (yes, yes, all of my friends are now sitting there murmuring their agreement... let me finish...) because I have so many interests that I want to pursue. I love working with kids and I want to teach. I love learning about Deaf Culture and improving on my sign language skills. I love writing and am working toward finishing my novel in order to become a published author. I love baking. I love doing arts and crafts. The list goes on and on. Sometimes I feel like I need to ignore some of my interests in order to focus on just one thing that I can follow for my career path. But then I realize that I can put my hobbies and interests to good use and sometimes make a little money by doing what I love. Maybe I'm not teaching in a classroom yet, but I've combined my teaching degree and my Deaf Studies minor to start these ASL classes. Once in a while, I'm lucky enough to make a cake for someone and get paid for it. I've even sold some of my craft pieces and personalized children's books. Maybe I can't focus on each one of my interests at the same time, but I can still enjoy them and earn some extra income once in a while.
I'm so excited to move forward with these sign language classes and see where I can go from here. As always, my head is full of big ideas and I'm ready to take action... I'm looking forward to finding advanced classes to improve my own skill in signing, and we'll see just how far my knowledge of ASL will take me.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.