“With every moment in class, kids are discovering something and applying it to their lives. What’s more rewarding than that? You know that saying, ‘You teach a man to fish, he will eat for life.’ That’s how I see my profession.”
The power to make an impact on someone’s life as an elementary school teacher is guaranteed, believes Lindsey Roseboom. “Whether it’s positive or not – it’s up to you. Every day I walk into my classroom, I know it’s my responsibility to prepare these kids for a better future.”
Following her AA degree at Daytona State and an exploration of psychology studies, Roseboom, 25, decided her interest in how the mind works combines perfectly with her passion for teaching.
“With every moment in class, kids are discovering something and applying it to their lives,” she says. “What’s more rewarding than that? You know that saying, ‘You teach a man to fish, he will eat for life.’ That’s how I see my profession.”
As a principal’s daughter, Roseboom knows what matters in preparation for a successful career in education. Her passion and hard work in class, as well as choosing a variety of internships at Volusia County schools, went hand-in-hand with well-connected, experienced professors. Daytona State exceeded her criteria, she says, with a vested interest from faculty, small class sizes and wise financial aid counseling.
Applying all the learning, advice, resume and interview training the college gave her, the Daytona native assembled a powerful portfolio and pounded the pavement for months before graduation, introducing herself to principals and creating a network. As a result, she landed her teaching position before commencement, as one of only seven new grads to receive a letter of intent (to hire).
“I must say, this was a very big deal,” says program head Les Potter. “Absolutely wonderful, and gratifying, to have a student – in our first graduating class, no less – receive one of only seven letters of intent. We’re very proud of Lindsey, and delighted to claim her as one of our own.”
Offering a few pointers to students, Roseboom suggests constant contact with faculty, learn networking skills and practice austerity budgeting. “I had to remember that through years of managing my tuition costs very carefully. And now I’m reminding myself again, as I’m going for my master’s and balancing life expenses.”
As she starts preparing for her second full year teaching first grade at Pride Elementary in Deltona, Roseboom considers present and future goals. “Way down the road I’d like to get my doctorate and become an expert in education and the process of learning, like a ‘master teacher.’
“But, right now my goal is to do what I love, working in Title 1 schools. Empowering these kids is beyond rewarding. If you really think about it, education is priceless.”