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Hello! My name is Kaitlin Van Buren, and I am a junior here at William & Mary majoring in both Elementary Education and Art History. I am from Norfolk, Virginia just a short trip away from Williamsburg. I have a little different educational background than most of my peers, for I attended the same private school from first to twelfth grade. I have never taken an SOL nor been in a public school system, so I am a little nervous to start classroom teaching. Although I adore all elementary students, I would love to teach 5th grade because I want my students to have already developed their reading abilities. Writing has always been my passion, so I want to share that passion with my students and develop their writing and grammar skills. I feel that children struggle with writing when they arrive in middle and high school, and a strong foundation of writing skills at an early age can prevent this. My goal is to approach learning with enthusiasm and as a group effort. Too many students sit quietly in the back of the classroom too afraid to speak up for fear that they may have the wrong answer. I want to break away the walls of trepidation and engage all of my students, so that they may all see learning as a fun experience!