By Suzie Nahach, Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member proudly serving at Baton Rouge Bridge Academy.
Breanne Peters is an Americorps member serving at Baton Rouge Bridge Academy. After spending the 2017-2018 school year serving as a kindergarten AmeriCorps member, Peters will return to Bridge Academy (soon to be IDEA Bridge Academy) in Fall 2018 as a Co-Teacher. Below, Peters discusses how her experience with City Year has reinforced her teaching ambitions.
Have you always wanted to be a teacher? What drew you to the profession?
I always knew I wanted to work with younger kids, especially children in special education, concentrating on children with Autism. I have always been very passionate about children in special education, and these children hold a special place in my heart, and making sure that every possible resource is given to them/ or readily available. These children have so much joy, happiness, and appreciation and bring so much to the world.
What has been your favorite memory from this year so far?
[My favorite memory has been] Working with my children and getting to see their faces everyday. I have enjoyed experiencing a lot of firsts: first grades, first little chapter book they read, first basketball game. I have liked doing crafts and art projects and playing sports with them at recess. Today, I actually got hit in the face with a football!
What informed your decision to come back to teach at Bridge Academy?
I found the atmosphere of the school to be a good place to come back to begin a first year of teaching. I also have built strong relationships with the students at Bridge Academy and am excited to connect with next year’s group of kindergartners!
What is your biggest goal going forward into your future career?
I eventually want to get my Master’s in Special Education and work with children who have Autism in a school setting.
Lastly, is there anything else you would like me to know?
Nope! That’s pretty much me in a nutshell!