*Adele voice* Hello…it’s me.

There’s a quote by Maya Angelou which states, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

Now, this can apply to many things–academic and otherwise, which is probably why I love it so much.  I think back to the beginning of my yoga practice; something I discovered after finishing a collegiate-level water polo career. I was reluctant to try yoga, considering it some hippie, new-age nonsense that would barely make me break a sweat. Time and patience, though, have a way of transforming one’s perspective. My reluctance grew into daily practice, which developed into a profound love, which led me to pursue and receive my yoga teacher certification. At the tail end of yoga teacher training, I discovered a duel passion for being both student and teacher; I realized I wanted to make education my career, and thus applied for UCI’s M.A.T. program.

Through the M.A.T. and my student teaching experiences, I have realized the powerful combination of an open mind, creativity, and fearlessness in the face of making mistakes (which, I learned, will happen). I believe in the necessity of humbling oneself, in the advantage of collaboration, and the importance of reflection. In all I do, I must consider the needs of my students. And in addition to considering my students’ needs, I have the responsibility of helping them uncover their strengths.

I am a student, and I am a teacher. Without being the former, I cannot successfully be the latter. It is not until I know better that I will do better.

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Author: keelsmack

Keeley is a yoga-practicing goofball hailing from Huntington Beach, California. She spends her time painting portraits of brightly colored animals, eating overpriced granola, and trying to capture the oddities of existence via writing.

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