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PATI Students / Candidates

John Bartolozzi

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but the driving force would have to be seeing the looks on students’ faces when they learn something new.”

 

 

James Biggers

“I believe that the best version of myself is as an educator.”

 

 

Chrissy Brown

“I believe it’s important that young Black children are made aware that there are educators that look like them and can connect with them.”

 

 

 

Jenna Cisco

“My love for children and my desire to make our world a better place inspired me to become a teacher.”

 

 

 

Grace Daniels

“I hope to be one of the teachers that inspire their students and makes each school day enjoyable!”

 

 

 

Kassie Dilley

“I plan to teach science to high school students in Springfield school district #186.”

 

 

Baylee Geist

“I have always loved helping children learn something new; I knew teaching would be a great way to continue on with that.”

 

 

 

Emily Hahn

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I knew I had to make this dream a reality.”

 

 

 

Bailey Martin 

“I want to be an inspiration for my future students’.”

 

 

 

 

 

Kaelee  Queary

“My inspiration for becoming a teacher is the amazing educators that I have had the privilege to work with at Decatur Public Schools over the past 4 years.”

 

 

 

Wes Sapp

” I would like to teach high school in Illinois. Working as a substitute teacher inspired me to become a teacher.”

 

 

 

Derek Spates

“PATI is giving me the ability to become a quality teacher so that I may have a positive impact on the students in my community.”

 

 

 

Sydnee Sturdivant

“My ideal teaching demographic is inner-city students, preferably 5th grade and up. I plan to teach in my hometown Decatur, Illinois.”