Maria Alexandra Fine – LatPro Scholarship Finalist for August 2012

My favorite game when I was little, was to pretend to be a teacher. Yes, many children like to “be the teacher” at some point, but for me, it was more than just a game. I would teach my dolls and stuffed animals. I would make up homework and exams and report cards! I would play school with my little cousins and with friends. By the time I reached 3rd grade I realized that I had a natural ability to explain things to my peers. The game became an early career interest.

This ability became more evident during Middle and High school. Without even noticing it, I became a tutor to many of my friends at school. I would come up with techniques to memorize important dates or memorize chemistry formulas, and I found different ways to re-teach and to explain to the other students, what we were currently studying in class.

At 18 I started teaching music to little kids at a local private music school. Since then I haven’t stopped using my ability to communicate with young children and my ability to connect with them at many levels. I pursued my career in Music, who was and is my passion today. I found out that I could combine my musical talents with my natural unofficial teaching career.

This is how, all through my adult life, I had been a teacher in many capacities; music theory, piano lessons, choir, ESL, Spanish tutoring. Nevertheless, I needed the official certification to teach at a public schools; to teach a class of my own. Just this past March I took the Florida Certification Examination and the General Knowledge test. Now I hold a temporary Teacher Certification and I am ready to take the education classes that I had never formally taken before. These education classes that I need to take, will fulfill the requirements that the State of Florida asked of me, in order to renew my certification in 2014 and to allow me to continue working at its public schools.

My current position is ELL Immersion Teacher at Pinecrest Elementary in Immokalee, Fl, one of the most depressed areas in Collier County. The combination of low-income, low social-economical, multi-cultural backgrounds, make Immokalee a challenging and fascinating place to work. I’m very happy to be working with the children that need the most help. I hope I can continue to do so and to be able to bring pride and choices to the children of this community.’s scholarship program for Hispanic students is proud to announce Maria Alexandra Fine as one of the six finalists for its August 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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