By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager
We all had at least one teacher who pushed us to be greater than we could ever think, one that made a difference in our life. This teacher fostered our goals by encouraging us that we can do anything we set our mind to do. Well, Senior Education major Desiree Boley plans to be just that.
“What inspired me to be an education major was seeing the struggle my sister and family went through to receive the help she needed to succeed in school,” said Boley.
Her sister was with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) elementary school. The school that she attended didn’t have the services she needed so her family had to move her to a different school.
“This was an ongoing battle to get her where she needed to be,” Boley said. “Once she was finally placed where she needed to be, it was twenty minutes away instead of two. She was taken away from all her friends, she did not know anyone, and it just was not fair to her.”
This alone was what inspired Boley to become a educator. She wants to be able to help all students in any grade or special need.
“I want to be the educator who makes that one difference in a student’s life and inspires dreams. I will be the teacher who says we can instead of we can’t. And most of all I want to be the educator who will go the extra mile just to see the student make one inch of progress,” said Boley.
Boley gives much thanks to the West Liberty’s Education program and says that it changed her life.
“I had always known I was going to attend West Liberty, but I never knew it was going to make such a huge impact on my life,” Boley said. “The professors in the education department did not only teach you, but they modeled for you, cared about you, and most of all were always there for you.”
As a future educator, Boley knows what it takes to cause students to excel. “Educators do not realize the impact they have on children at such a young age, but by just showing a student you care, extending an extra hand, going the extra mile, and maybe just a smile may change a student’s life,” Boley said.
After graduation she plans on moving to Wilmington, N.C. where she will be applying for a full time teaching position.