My name is Brenda Lee Mendoza. I am 22 years old. I was born in Poway, CA, but I grew up in Escondido, CA. I went to Lincoln elementary school, Grant middle school (now called Mission middle school) ,and Escondido high school. My most memorable times from Mission Middle School were performing with my choir peers at the Center for the Arts in Escondido ,and performing at Knott's Berry Farm. In high school, I loved my Floriculture club because we got do create beautiful flower arrangements for special events. After I graduated, I attended Palomar College ,and then transferred to Cal State San Marcos, and I am loving it. My major is liberal studies, and I will eventually become and elementary school teacher. Yeay!!! I am currently in the Integrated Credential program at Cal State San Marcos, and even though it is a lot of work it is worth the accomplishment.
I am definitely a technology person and a Mac person. I recently bought a Macbook, and it is helping me to keep my work organized. I use it on a daily basis to create new documents, to send files and e-mails, and to listen to music, and sometimes to look at some youtube videos. I have the 2004 Microsoft Office version. I am looking forward to the new skills that I will learn from this class. I do not have an Ipod yet, but it is definitely on my shopping list for this year. :)
After reading the College of Education Mission Statement the part that speaks to me the most is, "We are committed to diversity, educational equity, and social justice, exemplified through reflective teaching, life-long learning, innovative research, and ongoing service" because I feel as a future educator I need to be open-minded and understanding to diversity (culture, language, gender etc..) and help all children receive educational opportunities. I feel that becoming a teacher is a process that takes determination and passion to create a safe and educational environment for all of our students. I also agree that all educators need to be committed to life-long learning and take initiative to seek new strategies and methods to help students. I am very happy with my career choice because it will help me give back to my peers, community, myself and especially my future students.