JAYME CAUSEY – Renaissance Foundation Scholarship Recipient | Portland State University

JAYME CAUSEY – Renaissance Foundation Scholarship Recipient | Portland State University


Hi, my name is Jayme Causey and I’m the grateful
recipient the Renaissance foundation GSE scholarship. I will be entering the
graduate teacher education program this summer with getting my license in middle school
language arts and social studies. I’d like to start by thanking the donors. Without you, I wouldn’t be here. as it is, I am a little surprised I am here. Being the first member my family to attend
college, it’s entering grad school the last place I thought I’d be at the age of twenty-three. People always tend to ask me “Why do you want to be a teacher?” And though I have a list of responses I’m ready to dull out every time that question is posed the truth is I’m not entirely sure. Just the desire to teach, to learn, and to inspire; something that has been with me since an early age. There were moments however, that pointed me towards my goal and show me exactly the impact that a teacher can have on a young student’s life. The most poignant of these moments came in my junior year of high school when one Linda Christensen came in to my high
school classroom and tell us they were changing the name of our high school from Grant High to the name of a certain president who wasn’t too popular at the time. There was outrage amongst the students, and she said that all the decisions are already final, you’re going to give us a few moments to write down our thoughts. A few moments passed and she collected all of our papers and promptly threw them away, without reading a single one. Everyone was out of their seats, hooting and hollering, yelling, and
justifiably so. There was change being forced upon us, and we just wanted our voices heard. After calming us down, she let us know that she wasn’t a member the PPS Board and they weren’t changing the name of our high school. She was just a semi-retired teacher coming back to teach us a lesson about
Native American assimilation and the impact and the impact of stripping one’s name and culture has on it’s people. This is the type of educator I hope to be. One that causes students to think, to feel, and to act. In a way, this is my philosophy on teaching. We should teach students how to think not what to think and show them how
historical events play on their everyday life so you can avoid them happening again. Now, this moment may not have inspired all my classmates to become teachers, but I guarantee it as a moment that sticks with them throughout their entire lives. and if I can conjure up all the
inspiration and hopefully have the outrage that Ms. Christensen did that day, I’d be doing my job as an educator. I’d like to end by thanking all the donors, thanking the GSE for having me, and thanking all my peers for sharing my dream.

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