My name is Hannah Lovato and I am 21 years old. I attend the University of Central Florida and I will be graduating spring of 2019 with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois but moved to Florida when I was 11. Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to have a career where I would be helping others and have an impact on the minds of young children. My first job was an assistant teacher at Primrose Daycare, in the 4-year-old classroom. It was there that I really felt like I had found my passion because of how I was able to see the children’s cognitive ability grow with the lessons I created and taught. I shortly after attended Valencia College in 2015 and started my associate degree in Elementary Education. After my second year of community college, I transferred to UCF in the Fall of 2017 with the mindset to still pursue an education degree. I was also sure that this was the profession that I wanted to seek so I decided to apply as a substitute teacher for Osceola County so I can earn extra experience working in a classroom for all different grades, and students with all different needs. Being able to be a substitute teacher while earning my degree in Education has immensely helped me feel confident when teaching in front of a classroom.
When I heard about the opportunity to be apart of Peds Academy, I knew that this was the internship path that I wanted to pursue because being able to be apart of a beneficial program like this for children who need diverse support and assistance in learning is truly a unique experience. Before my experience at Peds Academy, I felt that all students deserve an equal opportunity to learn, regards of their needs and environment. As a result of this program, that feeling has only become stronger. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow academically but the right support and flexibility from the teacher is crucial. Peds Academy has allowed me to have the opportunity to learn and teach remarkable education practices in a diverse environment. I will forever be grateful for the practices that I learned throughout this experience, and how I will utilize them in my future classroom.