My CyberCamp Experience

About Me  |  Telling the Story  |  People I Admire |  Dream Vacation  |  Personal Goals |  Hopes for the Future 

About Me:

My name is Raquel.  I am 11 years old. I'm going to the 6th grade. I am going to a charter school. My favorite colors are red, black, blue, and white. My favorite hobbies are swimming, jump roping, napping, and biking.  My birthday is May 20th and I was born in 1991.

Telling the Story:

Rokia Traore

She liked to listen torokia.jpg (41222 bytes) Algerian, Malian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, and afro pop. She was an artist instead of the great guitarist. Her father was a diplomat. She was born in 1974 in Bamako, Mali, a country know for it's jelis.


People I Admire:

I admire my mother. The reason why I admire my mother is because she put clothes on my back and shoes on my feet. She taught me and helped me with things I needed help with. My mother put me in school for me to learn things to become successful in life. I also admire the teachers I had because they taught me things to past to the next grade and also taught me things to learn in life.


Dream Vacation:

We are going to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We are staying in a hotel called Starfish Trelawny Beach. It is set along  on a sandy beach. The hotel has a total of 350 rooms, including 40 spacious ground-level  cottage rooms, each appointed with king, double, or twins beds, air conditioning, and lots of other things.


I found a interesting recipe called conch salad. It has  lobsters, red hot peppers, celery ribs, onions, green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh lemons or lemon juice, salt to taste. The conch salad has to be prepared in two big bowls with salt water in it. You have to wash it in a bowl so it can be clean. Put it the other bowl and let it soak for 30 minutes. Then you put all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Allow mixture to marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator. Serve cold on lettuce leaves.


Personal Goals: to attend Stanford University

Stanford University
At a glance

Stanford CA 94305
(650) 723-2300

Admissions E-mail:

Web site:

Founded: 1885
Religious affiliation: No affiliation
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 7,886
Setting: Suburban

Fall 2002 Admissions
Application deadline: December 15
Application fee: $65
Selectivity: Most selective

U.S. News Ranking
Rank: National Universities-Doctoral, 5

2001-2002 Expenses
Tuition and fees: $25,917
Room/board: $8,305

Personal Goals: I would like to become a teacher.

What the job is like

Teachers like it when they see children learn. Sometimes, though, they have to deal with children who misbehave. In big cities, teachers may have large classes, many children who come from poor families, and a lot of work to do. Also, some teachers leave because they are not paid very well.

Many kindergarten and elementary school teachers work more than 40 hours a week. Most work from September through June. Then they go on vacation during the summer. Sometimes they teach in summer school. Or they may take another job or travel. Many go to college to continue their education.

Most States have tenure laws. This means that teachers cannot be fired without a good reason. Teachers may get tenure after a certain number of years, usually 3. Tenure does not guarantee that a teacher will always have a job, but it does provide some security.

What these workers do

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach children to read, write, speak, do math, and much more. They use games, music, art, films, computers, and other tools to teach children basic skills. When children learn, they feel good and will do well in school later on. When they grow up and go to work and become parents, they will do a good job because of what they learned when they were young.

Most kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach several subjects to one class of children. In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team. They teach a group of students at least one subject. In other schools, a teacher may teach one special subject to a number of classes. Usually they teach music, art, reading, science, math, or gym. Some teach classes that are filled with students from different grades.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers may write with chalk on a chalkboard. They also may use films, slides, overhead projectors, or computers. All these things help children learn in different ways. With computers, children can talk with students in other countries. Computers also help students solve math problems. Sometimes they help children learn to speak English better. Many teachers use computers to record the children's grades. Teachers have to keep learning to make sure that they know how to use computers and other machines in their classes.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers work with all different kinds of children. Some are black and some are white. Some were born in the United States and some were not. Some have parents or grandparents from Europe, some from Asia, and some from Africa. With so many different kinds of children, teachers have to learn about them all. After they do learn, they make sure that all of the children can learn the way they like to. Some schools even teach teachers how to learn about different kinds of children!

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach lessons and give tests. They listen to the children recite their lessons and make sure that no one misbehaves. They grade the children on their work and on how well they think the children ought to do. When the children are not doing as well as they should be, the teachers give them help.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers plan their lessons before they teach them. They also make up tests and grade papers. They write up the children's report cards. And they meet with parents to try to help their children do better in school. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers sometimes go to meetings and workshops. 


One half of all kindergarten school teachers earned between $26,240 and $42,400 a year in 1998. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,710 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,270 a year.

One half of all elementary school teachers earned between $28,800 and $46,2800 a year in 1998. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,460 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $64,550 a year. Some teachers earned extra money during the summer.

Preparing for the job

All kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a license to teach. Some are licensed to teach nursery school through grade 3. Others are licensed to teach grades 1 through 6 or 8. Some may have a license to teach a special subject, such as reading or music.

You must have a college degree to be a kindergarten and elementary school teacher. You must also take special training in college. And you must take certain courses in education and be a student teacher for six months or a year.

To get a license to teach kindergarten or elementary school, you must pass three tests. You must pass tests in reading, writing, and teaching. In most States, to renew your license, you must continue to go to college. Some States require you to get a master's degree. Teachers who are licensed in one State often can easily get a license in another State. A new offering is a kind of national license.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must be able to talk to children. The children must trust them and like them. The teachers must be able to make the children want to learn. And the teachers must understand what the children need to learn. The teachers must teach each child differently. They also should be organized, dependable, patient, and creative.


Hopes for the Future:

As a teacher, I  want to encourage the kids to read and do all of their homework. I also want them to do that so they can make it through life. I want to be a teacher to help the kids so they can have something to acknowledge during life. I think teachers are the second best people in the kids life because they help the just like the parents do.

My PowerPoint Presentation: PowerPoint.ppt 





Created July 2002 at the CyberCamp, Founders Library, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059