[nobe-l] intro of me

Sharon Dudley sharon.a.dudley at gmail.com
Thu May 8 20:50:35 UTC 2014

Ashley, I'm so sorry for your bad experience in the classroom.  I teach
kindergarten now, and I'm totally blind.  If you'd like to ask me more
questions or talk, my email address is:

sharon.a.dudley at gmail.com

I also have a blog, if you'd care to look at it:


Hang in there!

Sharon Dudley, NBCT

On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Ashley Bramlett
<bookwormahb at earthlink.net>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I’m back after a while absence. I’ll introduce myself and then ask my
> questions.
> I’m Ashley, a young adult in the Virginia area. I joined the list again
> because I am thinking of either working with kids and youth as an assistant
> or tutor to begin with. I’m thinking of working at either a camp now or
> after school program. Then, I’m thinking about going back to school for a
> masters in teaching; if I did so, it would likely be in special ed with
> emphasis on teaching visually impaired students. I’ve also contemplated
> learning disabilities or just getting an emphasis on teaching reading and
> writing, if programs are out there doing this.
> I have a BA in liberal studies from  marymount university. I actually
> tried elementary education but felt very discouraged back then. I was
> hoping to get that background and then study special ed at the  masters
> level; since I could not handle it back then, I figure I could still study
> it, but I’d take more courses since I have no background in teaching except
> for a few classes. What happened was many things like I had trouble doing
> my observation hours since my last cooperating teacher was not thrilled
> about me walking around to interact with kids and talk. But being vision
> impaired, I needed to, otherwise how would I know what they did? they were
> doing a lot of seat work like drawing and tracing. it was kindergarten. The
> kids were so friendly and perceptive. They remembered me even though I came
> in only once or twice a week. The kids were quite charming and their
> imaginations intrigued me. so the issues came from the teacher not the kids.
> Also, I did not pass praxis. my math skills were weak.
> Anyway, I studied psychology and communication for my degree. If I end up
> volunteering or working with kids, I’ll have questions. I’m wondering how I
> would supervise kids at a camp? The recreation centers have camps, but its
> mostly active stuff like sports. I’m not sure if I could supervise them
> since their running around playing games like tennis and maybe basketball.
> They also do activities in the rooms which I think I could help out more;
> the activities are arts and crafts.
> In rooms its more structured and their in one position! So I might be able
> to handle that.
> Anyway, that’s where I’m contemplating getting a position, either paid or
> volunteer.
> Thanks.
> Ashley
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