Hello, my name is Crystal Santana. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. My earliest education was completed there. I came to the United States when I was in 11th grade. It was challenging to adjust to a new country due to the language barrier. After graduating from high school, I attended Bronx Community college and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in early childhood education. I continued with my education at Lehman College, and in 2019, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Early childhood. I’m pursuing a master’s in early childhood education with a Bilingual Extension. My goal is to become a bilingual educator. As an educator, I aim to facilitate my students’ academic development and embrace their uniqueness as learners. I want to be part of their early development as I enjoy working with that age group because I like to see them learn and grow. After reading the habits of mind, I would work on three habits:
- Managing impulsivity
- Communicating with clarity and precision
- Listening with understanding and empathy
I believe that working on those habits will help me become a better communicator, create deeper connections with others, and help me make better decisions. All these habits combined will ultimately make me a better educator.