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So this is the crazy girl from Seattle......

My Autobiography...In the Beginning

Every year on my Birthday I have the pleasure of hearing how I survived even though I was blue at birth etc. however intriguing that story may be I won’t go back that far. I would like to share with you a little bit about who I am, where I’ve been and where I will be in roughly seven years…now of course my immediate response would be to say "sitting on a beach somewhere" but since winter has snuck up on me I’m afraid the answer is much different…and much more detailed. So now I welcome you to learn a little bit about me through the condensed version of my educational and professional timeline thus far.

I grew up in suburban Lynnwood, WA. I attended the University of Washington my freshman year, I was desperately seeking freedom and independence so I applied and got into Western Washington University 90 minutes away from all controlling (and caring) family members for my sophomore year. The summer before I started at WWU I met my now ex-husband and I moved with him to Sewickley, PA after being accepted to the University of Pittsburgh. I delayed my admission one year, got married and worked full-time as a children’s photographer at Olan Mills and as a waitress at a Golf Club. It was then that I gained the determination to work full-time as a nanny and attend school full-time. I knew exactly what I didn’t want to do and knew I’d figure out what I did want to do eventually.

As it turns out the University of Pittsburgh was a great fit for me. I declared a Spanish major even though I didn’t want to teach Spanish. There weren’t any Bilingual Ed or ESL programs and at the time I knew I did not want to teach at a high school level, I am much more gifted with younger children. While I was wrestling with what to do with my Spanish major I discovered the Spanish Translation Certificate Program. About 8 months into the program I realized that the classes should not be THAT hard, it wasn’t the Spanish that was the problem it was the legal English, nonetheless I finished up all of the graduation requirements and got my degree. After a brief stay in Europe, and touching base in WA for a few months I moved to Kona, HI to work on a political campaign. While on the "Big Island" I worked at the front desk of a BUSY Escrow office. Even with all the sunshine and aloha my ex husband I weren’t able to make our marriage work, I flew home July 28th 2004 and it was probably the hardest day of my life. After one month of regrouping and job searching I found a home away from home with A.E. Petsche Co. I never knew a Spanish major could take up selling wire to Boeing but here I am. I really enjoy the customer service and purchasing aspect of the job, I think it’s a great company to work for and I thoroughly enjoy working with my co-workers and boss day-in and day-out. So I guess that raises the question…if I’m happy where I’m at why am I starting a new career/job?

How I stumbled upon my dream job…

As I was surfing through the Seattle Times one night, fighting a bout of insomnia, I remembered that I had wanted to read more about the wildfires in Leavenworth and Wenatchee so I clicked on the Wenatchee World online. After reading about the thousands of acres being destroyed I decided to lighten my mood and flip through the classifieds where I discovered the listing for Migrant Curriculum Generalist for NCESD as soon as I read through the job posting I got excited and said out loud (yes at 2 in the morning) "this is what I want to be when I grow up." When I started researching programs in WA that offered both Bilingual Education and ESL programs the list became very short. I found that there aren’t programs locally that would allow me to get both my Teaching Certificate and Master’s in Education with both endorsements. My company is headquartered in Texas and is located 5 miles from the UTA campus, so naturally I looked at programs near there and discovered UTA. To learn more about my "dream job" I contacted NCESD and requested a phone call from anyone who might have a moment to share with me what they do in the migrant services department. I wasn’t prepared for the 30 minute phone call followed by the 3-1/2 hour information session from the Director of Migrant Services, Ismael Vivanco. Now here is a guy who is passionate about education, students and his program I learned so much in that time, it was definitely worth the 2 hour drive over the pass to meet with him. Now I’m passionate about Bilingual Education and the impact it can have on students who are English Language Learners. I am so grateful to have met not only a great resource, but a great mentor and leader in ELL services. Taking Ismael’s advice I plan to teach for at least five years before I pursue a position in a Migrant Services Program where I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learned as a teacher.

Why I want to Teach…

This past year and a half has been the best time in my life that I can remember since I was a kid. I’ve taken this time to explore who I am and what kind of person I want to be. I started making decisions for myself that make me a better person and help me grow. I’ve done a lot of reflecting and during this process I wrote down a list of all the people who have had a positive influence on my life and the majority were teachers. I want to be on someone’s list someday and that’s why I’m pursuing a career in education.

When I think about one of the added benefits of teaching I am excited to have some time to pursue some other passions of mine during the "summer vacation." I love being outside and doing outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, hiking, rollerblading and camping to name my top five.

I am looking forward to starting my new career and learning from not only the teachers in this class, but fellow students as well.

 

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Quick Facts about me :)

A Poem about Where I am From and Who I am...

I am From…
By Christine M Marchi

I am from a west coats suburban city
I am from evergreen trees and endless water
I am from the mountains, the lakes, the hills and the sea
I am from 3 hours of traffic morning and night
Where yuppies and Starbucks abound

I am from people who are real
Who do real things and dream real big
I am from family zany and normal
I am from friends and people
They make life worth living

I am from the outdoors
The love of nature runs through my veins
I am from peaceful hikes to speeding down the hill on a snowboard
I am from long walks on the beach
I am from long rollerblade trails

I am from Country music, country values and country living
I am from a life well lived full and fulfilling
I am from discipline and love
I am from God and church every Sunday
I am from hardworking people with work every Monday

I am from adventure and travel and seizing the moment
I am from riding hard…don’t worry about the fall
I am from broken hearted to being in love
I am from struggles and hard work and patience
I am on a journey and I’m having so much fun
I am from Jesus, may God Bless us all.
 
 

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