the Success of Education Outbound:
I had the great privilege of starting Education Outbound (EO) in
September of 2000. What first started out as a dream and a hope
for children has turned into a great reality. Since EO's founding,
we have conducted numerous field trips with schools and homes in
Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
On Helping Children:
I have always loved being around children, and experiencing their
wonder and amusement. This was evident in me as I was growing up.
As I moved through my development and education, I continued to
have a deep passion for children. I surrounded myself with them
through babysitting, coaching and other activities. I saw their
joy and wonder as a hope for our world’s future.
I realized that I wanted my future to be centered on children.
I began by entering into the undergraduate program for Early Childhood
Development at the University at Buffalo, New York. During my years
in college, I learned about child development and began working
with children in educational settings. These experiences reaffirmed
my ability to impact their lives.
Immediately after undergraduate school, I continued my child-centric
career path and entered into the Graduate School of Elementary Education
at the University at Buffalo, New York. After receiving my master’s
degree, I pursued my goal of helping children by becoming a fourth
grade teacher in a private school in Merrimack, NH.
On the Classroom Environment:
While teaching, I came to respect and understand the enormous obstacles
facing teachers and schools. Although the school I worked in was
well funded, I found that many schools were under funded, and struggled
to supply their children with even the most basic services. Teachers
were overwhelmed and had numerous demands competing for their time.
Opportunities for learning outside the classroom were abundant,
but many schools did not have the necessary funding, and many teachers
did not have the time to take advantage of them.
I learned from these experiences, and believed that I could have
a greater impact on children’s lives by moving the classroom
outside the school. By helping the schools and the teachers, I could
help the students.
On Field Trips:
As a child, I was able to experience many field trips. The field
trips are extremely memorable and left huge imprints on my learning.
As a teacher in Merrimack, I was fortunate to be able to bring my
students on field trips. There I saw first hand the educational
impact the trips were having on my students. By combining traditional
classroom teaching with memorable field trips, the children were
able to learn more from seeing, hearing, touching, and even smelling
what was around them. I was awed by the excitement and learning
that was taking place during and after the field trips.
On Starting Education Outbound:
After completing my first year of teaching I decided I wanted to
reach out to underprivileged children through field trips. With
the support and assistance from a mentor, I founded Education Outbound.
Education Outbound is a non-profit organization that sponsors field
trips for children’s homes and schools in need. The goal of
Education Outbound is to expose underprivileged children to special
places and things they normally would never be able to see. EO is
designed to remove the monetary obstacles of field trips, and to
take away some of the enormous burden the teachers face when organizing
and implementing field trips.
Thus far, EO has been a huge success, and I couldn't be happier!