Brandee Bash: Future Early Childhood Education Teacher
Brandee Bash recently graduated from Timpanogos High School where she concentrated in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Child Development Pathway. She plans to continue her education and training at Utah Valley University to obtain an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.
“All of the CTE classes I have taken have prepared me for my chosen career because they have taught me more and more about different ways I can teach, and different ways to be creative. I always thought I had a creative mind but I never really knew it until after taking these classes,” said Brandee.
To gain experience in the area of child development Brandee obtained training at the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center. In order to work in the center Brandee obtained a Food Handlers Permit, CPR certification, and completed several Early Childhood Education courses. Each week she worked at the center four hours a day. Her day would begin with serving the children breakfast and continue with an activity or playing a game.
Sandy Hopkins, Early Childhood Education Teacher and Director at Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center said, “[Brandee] is very dependable and does a great job assisting and preparing lesson plans and learning centers for children, ages three to five in our child care lab. . .She is one of the children’s favorite teachers. I trust Brandee completely when the children are in her care.”
After graduating from Utah Valley University, Brandee would like to go back to the Timpanogos Wee Wolves Child Care Center as a preschool teacher.
As the population of children ages three to five increases, the demand for preschool programs will also increase. This increase will continue to create a demand for preschool teachers. By the year 2020 employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
UtahCTE.org congratulates Brandee on her accomplishments and wishes her all the best as she continues to prepare for her chosen career.