Angela Carmel Alquiros, Temple University – Pursuing Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education and Spanish (2022)
Angela transferred to Temple Univesrity after attending Catholic University, and she has maintained an impressive 4.0 GPA. Her relevant work experience has included a previous position as a tutor with the DC Reads after school homework assistance program, and two current positions: one as a Teacher’s Aide at the Malvern School in Blue Bell and the other as House Monitor for A Better Chance in Radnor, which is a residential program supporting the academic excellence of a select group of students of color. Angela is a leader both on campus and in the community. She was previously the Cultural Director of the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students, has been a Community Leader with the CFC Youth organization for over 7 years, and is currently a Transfer Mentor at Temple University.
Angela’s scholarship application essay was engaging and well-written. In it, she discussed her role as the oldest daughter in a Filipino family, called an ate in her native Tagalog language, and her fulfillment of the expectation to be responsible for her three younger siblings. Angela spoke of how the values of empathy, patience and sacrifice have molded her personality and provided her with the skills to become an effective teacher. She said that even though she can’t put “being the ate for her family” on any resume or job application, her experience in caring for her siblings and family has shaped her teaching philosophy and her commitment to be a teacher who continuously supports her students and tries to do what is best for their growth at all times.
Both of Angela’s recommenders gave her the highest ratings on every characteristic on our list in the recommendation form, which are passion for teaching, passion for their subject area, work ethic, communication skills, organization skills, and working well with children. They spoke of Angela’s smile and how she makes children feel welcome and loved in her classroom and they praised her enthusiasm and passion for her work, stating that she is on track to become an exemplary educator who is already making a positive difference in the lives of young children and will continue to do so as she completes her degree and launches her professional teaching career.