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Can I Do It?
by Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte is working toward National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood.

November 10, 2003

It's really important that I stay on schedule this week because on Friday I'm meeting with my colleague who's also going through the Board certification process. Last time we meet, we came up with a list of things to get done before we met again and I still need to proofread my material before I have her look at it.

I'm starting to feel that anxiety again. Even though I have a great support network for this process, I still can't get over the questions about why I would put this added stress in my life. Then I begin to ask myself, will this really make me a better teacher? I don't know if that's the nerves talking or just me trying to make myself feel better in case I don't make it.

Anyway, back to work. I have to get a lot done before Friday. It's now Thursday night and I'm not done with all the items on my list. I have to realize that I won't always be able to stay on schedule. I have other obligations as a teacher that I can't neglect just because I'm doing the National Boards.

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Meet Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Franklin Pierce College in May 1992, and her master's degree in special education from Providence College in May of 1998. Jennifer has spent her teaching career at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the first two years of her career, she was a resource teacher for grades four and five. For the past four years, Jennifer taught in a primary self-contained classroom, and recently switched to full-day kindergarten.

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