Kino - Childhood/Special Education (1-6)
Childhood/Special Education (1-6)
Coming from a large metropolitan area, classroom size was very important in selecting a school as well as cultivating what Kino foresaw as the education he would provide to his future students.
Why did you choose Daemen?
After researching many Colleges and Universities across the United States, I came across a small private suburban institution in Amherst, NY. Attending over-crowded schools in the city created learning disadvantages due to over-crowded classrooms and lower teachers to student interaction. I campus on” Experience Daemen Day” and knew Daemen was the perfect fit for me. Daemen had all the qualities I wanted personally in a college.
Why did you choose your major?
Choosing my major at Daemen College wasn’t really difficult for me. At the age of 9 years old I realized my passion for helping individuals .My influence came from my Global History teacher Ms. Morman. She made me feel comfortable in the classroom, which made it easier for me to express my learning abilities in not just one subject but all subjects in different classes. This self-motivation made me want to have a classroom where my students would feel at home sitting in their living room. As an inclusive education major I wanted to give my future students the necessary tools, and the ability to be creative thinkers in today’s society.
Describe an academic experience at Daemen that stands out.
One experience that comes to mind is my Special Education class freshman year where I had to complete observations in the classroom and role play assignments that allowed me to view the world from the viewpoint of a person who is disabled for four hours. I had to roam the Galleria Mall in a wheelchair. This experience made me appreciate and understand individuals who are disabled and encounter this situation on a regular basis.
What impact have the faculty, staff and advisors at Daemen had on you?
Faculty, staff and advisors have developed a good rapport with me over the course of my time at Daemen. They all have an open door policy and are always encouraging and motivating to me.
Do you live on campus? What has been your experience?
Yes, I’m a resident in one of the apartments on campus. My experience would have to be seeking help with other students who are in my classes that live on campus. They are more accessible to walk to, comparing to commuters.
Have you had any internship, study abroad, service learning or academic experience (ex. Academic Festival, Research Think Tank, etc.) that you can tell us about?
Yes, I had several service learning opportunities but my favorite/memorable experience would be assisting the students from Grover Cleveland High School,with their College Essays, filling out FAFSA and applying to College. This opportunity not only made me feel like a mentor but as a teacher to these students.
What do you like best about Daemen?
Small Individualized attention with professors.
What are your plans after graduation
After graduation I’m planning on teaching in one of the Department of Education Schools in New York City.
What clubs or organizations have you been apart of here at Daemen?
I have been actively involved in the Brother to Brother Organization where I serve as the President. I’m also a part of the MultiCultual Association, and Education Club.
Favorite campus activities:
TGIF’s, Poetry Slam, Springfest, Midnight Madness, Game night
Favorite campus hangout:
Research Information Commons(aka second home).