Miguel Schleider looks like a natural at working with young children. While having younger siblings of his own contributed toward his love of helping young children learn, his experiences in the STEAM Academy program reinforced his desire to be an early childhood educator.
Schleider’s journey began with working with elementary students through the early childhood development course where students spent time helping pre-kindergarten students with lessons.
After the class concluded for the semester, Schleider continued to volunteer in the pre-k classroom. He helped the students with their lessons and also wrote and conducted his own lesson.
Schleider was encouraged to join the STEAM Academy for the 2016-17 school year so he could continue gaining experience in the education field. His tasks included keeping students on track and help with lessons and activities.
“I love seeing their faces when they learn something new,” said Schleider.
After graduation, Schleider plans to attend SUNY Broome for early childhood development while working part-time at a local daycare. He then plans to transfer to SUNY Cortland to obtain his teaching degree and certification for pre-k through fifth grade. Schleider plans to pursue a career in early childhood education, preferably teaching kindergarten.