Where My Dreams and I Grew a Close Bond

Good Morning! People always say that you start the important learning in your life in Preschool, which is great but I do not remember Preschool. However I do remember Kindergarten! You actually make friends that you start having play dates with, you actually remember the things you learned, you also start thinking about the future (like whaaaa.. there’s a future beyond tomorrow?). It doesn’t sound like a hard concept but it is for 5 year-olds. I taught a lesson to them about it. They learn that when they are at school their mommies and daddies go out and have careers. So I asked them what their mommies and daddies did while they were at school.  Then they told me about what they wanted to do when they grew up. At this point they pick real jobs instead of a cowboy or princess. Nothing against the Princess or cowboys.  One student told me she wanted to be a cardiologists. Yeah, you should have seen my face! Your going far kid!

My sister and I! I was in Kindergarten.
My sister and I! I was in Kindergarten

Where it began: My point is that when I was in Kindergarten my dream of being a teacher started here and I’ve carried it with me everyday. My Kindergarten teacher was Ms. Tindell and I defiantly think that this is another Team Manda member. She is a huge inspiration to me! Ms. Tindell is incredibly passionate, caring, loving, and a huge supporter for all her students. She helped me achieve my goals and I couldn’t thank her enough!


Where it Grows: When I was a junior and senior in High School I was in this class called Teacher Cadet. You learn how to be a teacher the first semester then, you have an internship at a elementary or middle school. You go every day during the time you would have class. I did my internship with Ms. Tindell and I was helping teach lessons left and right!  Senior year it was brought to my attention, by my Teacher Cadet teacher, that their is a club called FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) and they have competitions for all FACs classes. So I went to state! I had to explain a lesson I taught, where I taught, and what it took to get where I was. It took huge courage for me (I can be extremely shy) to get up in front of three judges and talk about the lesson I had taught about careers. So I’m sitting at the awards ceremony and there are thousands of people and this thing is taking FOREVER and I’m so NERVOUS.

So first they share Katy Perry’s video “Roar”, then the National Office Leaders do this cheesy scene. Mean while I’m thinking, Okay Manda calm down! It’s alright you did not want to get your hopes up anyway! You didn’t want to go to Nationals so what’s the worry about? Because you actually do care!! Gasp, you want this so bad, don’t you?? It is a big deal to you! How could you not want to win to go to Nationals! Okay so we got this in the bag we are going to Nationals! Hold up they are still doing this cheesy scene! Hurry up I need to tell my family if I need a plane ticket to Texas or not! Oh good they are done!

That’s what I thought anyway. Then, the National President gives a speech… blah blah blah.. actually it was really inspiring and touching I just can’t take it anymore my whole body is shaking! Then the Colorado President gives a speech. It was incredibly looooong ceremony. 😛 Finally they are calling names and awards. Each and every category with each and every name. Okay now its time to get excited because my category is up for awards. Pep talk time Manda! Here’s the delio you’re going to bring home that plaque so it’s cool to calm down! Because you got this! Even if you get second place you can still go to Nationals. Oh no what if I get second… that’s not first place. What if I get a silver that’s not even second place gold! Oh no Manda! The panic sets in. What if you get a bronze! You’re going to get a bronze, look at these people their professionals! You don’t stand a chance! Gahh their calling our category now!

Okay, so I’m not the best at self pep talks. There are 20 of us for Teacher Cadet. A number of us could win bronze or silver, everyone goes home a winner. Two people get gold, first place and second place. Gold winners go to Nationals! They start calling names!

Okay so I’m defiantly higher than a bronze but we already knew that! 😉 Okay silver, that’s not my name, either is that, that’s not either. Wait there is only two of us left. Why are you pausing? No pausing! Am I First or Second?  FIRST OR SECOND? Hold up I’m going to Nationals!!

“The First Place winner for Nationals in the category of Teacher Cadet is Amanda Chappell!” hmm that names familiar… “That’s Me!”

Where it is Today: From here my dream of being a teacher grew massive! I learned a lot about people with disabilities and how hard it can be for them to learn in a mainstream classroom. Some need a slower pace, some need a way faster pace. Some need to learn life skills so they can live on their own some day. So I decided I was going to create a place for them where they can grow and flourish in their own individual ways! I cant wait to work with these children everyday of my life! They are such innocent, loving people! I am currently going to a University to get my degree in Special Education. I am minoring in Business so I can be smart about opening my own school, because it truly is a business. I have been accepted to two prestigious clubs at my University that open many doors for me. National Honor Society and National Society of Leadership and Success. Trust me it took huge amount of hard work to get where I am today! IMG_3252 What are you excited for in your future? Who is an inspiration to you? What are you doing to reach your goals? Don’t ever stop believing in you and keep plugging away at your goals!

“I hated every minute of training but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.'” -Muhammad Ali

Yours Truly,

Manda 🙂


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    July 1, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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    July 2, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    I had no clue how big Teacher Cadet was. I’m so proud of you!

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  8. Bio Dad

    August 25, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I am so proud of you and always here to stand behind you and help you move the mountains in life that will present themselves thru your journey. I’ve learned to reach for your goals the hard way and 20 years of adult life finally enjoying the tip of the iceberg. Follow your dreams fight every chance you can. Never take a person or opertunity for granted. Grab each one and hold onto it and make it yours. If those opertunity seem to big I’ll help make them smaller for you.

    I wish I had someone to show me how easy things could be at a younger age. It’s a lot easier then people make it seems.

    Love you.


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      August 25, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Thanks dad it means a lot! I love you:)

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