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Grace
Jefferies

  • BSU ( July-2022 )
  • Morristown, Indiana, USA

About (Summary)

High ability education is my ideal area of focus. I graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University in 2016 with a degree in elementary education with a double concentration in reading and gifted/talented studies. After a year of teaching, I took the exam for gifted/talented studies and obtained my high ability license. I have been teaching for a total of four years now, two of which I was asked to be my school's lead high ability educator. As my career has progressed, I have realized that we spend a lot of time focusing on our “bubble” kids and students with IEPs, but there are not a lot of advocates for our high achievers or students who have potential to be high achievers. I desire to be this advocate for students who have the ability to go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Education

Your Major

Educational Psychology, focusing on gifted/talented education

Language Proficiency

Honors and Awards

Summa Cum Laude
I graduated with a 3.98 GPA in my undergrad.
Dean's List
I was on the Dean's List all 8 semesters in my undergrad.
Outstanding Future Reading Teacher Award
My junior year of undergrad I was awarded the Outstanding Future Reading Teacher Award. Now, I teach fourth grade, and my reading scores on NWEA are often praised for the amount of growth my students achieve in a school year.

Grad School Interests

My dream job is to be a high ability coordinator for schools. I believe the best way to do this is by obtaining as much education as I can. Therefore, my best course of action is to pursue educational psychology and to pick four classes to design my own specialization. Where better to pursue this than my alma mater? I have been told that the specific courses at the graduate level for high ability education directly mirror what I received in my undergrad. However, I have been researching and found four different classes that would offer unique skills to help me grow as an educator seeking high ability knowledge. I reached out to my advisor and have been given permission to create my own gifted and talented path. I set high standards for all students in my classroom and expect everyone to achieve them. I would like to set an example for my students and push myself to achieve as I continue to push them towards high expectations as well.

Intended Job Path

My ultimate dream is being a high ability coordinator for schools, where I can establish and run a gifted/talented program. When I was a child, I was given one shot to enter my elementary school's high ability program. In third grade, I was a nervous test-taker who buckled under the pressure and did not make it into the program. However, in fourth grade, a teacher who was not my own realized that I was not being pulled into the high ability program and advocated for me because he knew I should be challenged! Suddenly, I was in the program and thriving. Once I was being challenged according to my academic ability, I was able to grow as a student and was much less nervous in the classroom. My confidence and academic achievements grew because I was finally in a place where I could be myself! This experience at such a young age was a huge asset in helping me discover what I want to do with my life. I aim to be the advocate for students who have high ability or high potential. My dream job would be to coordinate a program where students can discover who they are and challenge themselves to their full extent.

Job Experience

Hobbies

My main hobby is marching band! When I was a sophomore in high school, I joined the color guard section of the marching band and absolutely fell in love with the activity. I did color guard for three years in high school and all four years at Ball State. In fact, Ball State's Pride of Mid-America marching band is where I met my husband and a majority of my friends. Today, I volunteer with the Connersville High School marching band as the lead color guard and winter guard director, re-establishing their program. This upcoming school year will be the fourth year that we have had a color guard with the marching band! In my spare time, I will often go out in my yard to spin flag, rifle, and/or saber, choreographing routines for our upcoming shows or practicing old shows that I know and love. After teaching fourth grade all day, I often head over to the high school to spin and teach with my guard students. I love sharing my passion for spinning with others.

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