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Help An Aspiring Teacher Earn Her Certification

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Hello. My name is Mary. When my mother went into hospice care nearly two years ago, and, subsequently, died, I took a break away from my TESOL teacher training class and spent time preparing the funeral, taking care of paperwork, family problems, etc. However, I haven't been able to return to complete my certification due to financial difficulties. My job is in customer service and just doesn't pay very well. Whenever I come close to saving up the money, a bill pops up that I have to pay. It's been nearly two years now, and I still don't have the money saved up. Please help! I'm worried I'll never be able to get this certificate if I don't complete it soon. If too much time goes by, it will be too late and they won't let me return. They've already given me an extension of time away due to my mother's death, and they normally don't allow such long extensions of time between studies.


I believe that my teaching certificate will prepare me for a better job as well as enable me to travel. I'm a good student and always do my best at whatever I do, so once I get the money I plan on returning to school right away.  The school will also help me to find a job. That's why I chose this particular school.  


Here's some background: TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I chose my school because it involves a week-long internship where I would practice teaching and be able to get feedback on my teaching. I feel that I need this, as I most of my experience has been with tutoring individuals rather than entire classrooms of students. The school has also provided me with an individual tutor who is currently a working teacher and has given me helpful feedback on teaching methodology. As I also mentioned, my school offers job placement assistance, and that's very important. Some schools may offer cheaper tuition, but they don't offer assistance for finding a job nor do they offer much instruction or feedback. I researched the school I'm attending, and I believe that I'll get better preparation for teaching than I would at one of the cheap, online courses I've seen on the Internet. Also I'd read that the cheap, online classes are disrespected and most potential employers disregard those certificates as useless. My goal is to get one of the better teaching jobs, and I think this certificate will help me with that. Anyhow, I've finished the first half of my coursework. I just have the second half to complete as well as the week-long, in-person internship at the school. Once I finish that, I'll be able to get my certificate. Then all I'll have to worry about is getting a job. As I said, nearly two years have gone by, and I am embarrassed to say that I haven't been able to save up enough money for the remaining courses. I don't like asking for help, but it seems I'm unable to save up the money in time. If too much time passes, it will be too late to return.    


Oh, and here's the breakdown of the fees:

$600 for the remaining tuition (I already paid $700 for the first half of the course)

$525 estimated cost for flight to the school (in California--I live in NY) for my internship/practicum

$300 estimated cost for a week's stay in the city (I will try to find a youth hostel to get the cheapest rates possible)

$75 food or other incidental expenses

So I'm hoping to raise $1500 total.

This is a modest estimate. It certainly may cost me more, but if I can get at least most of my expenses covered, then I can find a way to get there. Honestly, I don't like asking for help and have been thinking about submitting to a site like this for over a year now! But I'm obviously, not able to get the money saved up on my own. My hope is that this teaching certificate will help me to overcome financial obstacles and, finally, earn a decent living. If not, at least I'll have the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures and languages--something which I enjoy very much. Thank you for reading all this!


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