As a young child I was nurtured, loved and cared for by many close relatives. One person who really influenced my decision to journey into early childhood education is my grandfather. He is a very kind man who treats everyone equally. He taught me that everyone deserves a life that we were lucky enough to have. He is still a positive influence in my life and I know my life will be lonely when he is gone.
Other people who nurtured and supported me as a young child are:
My Mom: She loves me no matter what and is my biggest cheer leader.
My Dad: He supports all my decisions and is incredibly nurturing.
My Aunt: She was a fantastic early childhood educator and taught me patience.
A Family Friend (who is also a teacher): She encouraged me and never doubted my intelligence--even when I did. She currently works with me and she is a fantastic mentor. She was like a second mother growing up and now we work together--isn't life funny!
These five people have influenced my life greatly. They are the reasons that I am in my profession, why I am continuing my education and why I have a passion for early childhood education. Without them I do not know where I would be.
These five people are still a big influence in my life. I hope my daughter can experience a great childhood like I did and I hope she can find five people in her life that are as influential as these five have been/ continue to be for me!