My name is __________. I was born in Bismarck, ND. In high school I was the president of a club called Best Buddies that placed high school students with peers that had intellectual disabilities. My work with Best Buddies made me want to become a special education teacher. I was awarded a scholarship through our sponsors to pursue that dream, but shortly after I married my husband he was stationed at Laughlin Afb in Tx. At that time I decided to stay at home with my infant daughter. I loved watching her grow, so when she was 2 1/2 I started working at the Child Development Center on base as a 2 year old aide. I fell in love with working with 2 year olds. The part I loved most was how eager they were to learn. Everything was exciting and new to them. After working there for about 6 months my husband received orders to Korea. Since bringing his family with was not an option, I took my daughter to Bismarck where all of my family lived. Shortly after returning, I got a job working as an infant teacher for Early Childhood Learning Center. I really enjoyed my time as an infant teacher and learned many new things. A year later my husband received orders to Holloman AFB in New Mexico. I decided once again to stay home with my daughter and also gave birth to my son in June. In August, my husbands contract with he Air Force ended and we moved back to Bismarck. I went to work for Exploring Minds Development Center and I am currently working there as the 2 year old teacher. Now that I finally feel settled down, I want to obtain my CDA and finally fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher.