My name is Chelsea VanderZwaag, when I graduate from Grand Valley next winter I will be certified in Mathematics and Elementary Education. In my free time I enjoy being outside, exploring what this beautiful world has to offer, and yoga. Some of my favorite memories have been camping trips with friends to northern Michigan. I love to bike, hike and be on the beach enjoying the sun. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. The summer of 2016 I had the opportunity to do this in New York City. I spent seven weeks here leading short term mission trips in Harlem where we led a kids club, helped out at a soup kitchen and food pantry, as well as visiting a nursing home and daycare center. This trip shaped my life by opening my eyes to what it might be like to be homeless and what it would look like to be a child growing up in the projects. For this reason, innercity schools have become of large interest to me and one day I hope to teach in a location similar to the experience that I had this summer.
I am excited to be in this class and continue to develop my knowledge of technology in education. Technology can help open many different doors for students as information is readily available. I feel that this plays a huge role in helping our students to understand the many opportunities and diversity that our world has to offer. Technology that I am currently familiar using would include standard classroom features such as a document camera, projector, a computer, as well as a handful of websites that are good tools for students. I am excited however to expand this knowledge and gather more tools that I can use to assist in student learning.
Here's a video of me doing something I love!