SOW: Aura Medrano February 02, 2009

Central senior drawn to teaching

SOW Medrano studies at MSC- hopes to become a first-grade teacher.

Aura Medrano decided in September to change her life plan and trade a stethoscope for a classroom.

The 17-year-old Central High School senior decided to stay closer to home for college as well, trading pre-medicine studies at the University of Colorado for elementary education at Mesa State College.

“I’ve always debated about which one I wanted to do,” Medrano said.

Teaching won out in the end, though, she said, but one might have been able to predict that after taking a look at the teaching and mentoring experience Medrano has had in high school.

Medrano has taught Sunday school at the Gospel Ministries Center since 2006.

Her class sizes are small with four to six children a week, but Medrano said the experience hooked her on teaching.

“In our lesson plans, we have a story,” she said.

“The story progresses through the week. The kids really get into it.”

When she isn’t teaching Sunday schools, Medrano said she volunteers her time with the kid’s church at the Gospel Ministries Center, which is a Sunday school-like setting for children 7 years old or older.

Medrano has also taken missionary trips with her church to Mexico since 2005.

Her church pairs with another in California, she said, and travels to Tijuana to read and perform puppet shows for younger, improverished children.

“They love the puppet shows,” Medrano said.

She works as a Spanish interpreter during the trips, she said.

Medrano has also been a mentor with Central Ties for two years, she said.

The program pairs upperclassmen with freshmen to be mentors and help ease the transition to high schools by helping the students with everyday activities such as finding their classes.

Medrano said she would prefer to teach first grade after she finishes college.

“When you’re younger, kids always love their teacher,” she said.

“Older kids can be disrespectful.”

Medrano said she hopes to stay and teach in Grand Junction with District 51 because she was raised here.

“I don’t like moving,” she said.

GPA: 3.78

Parent: Hector

Preferred college: Mesa State College

Where she sees herself in five years: teaching

Favorite music: Casting Crowns

Favorite TV show: “Dancing With the Stars”

Personal hero: her dad

Why?: “Since my mom died, he has taken care of us and has been strong,” she said.
I’m most proud of: when I got accepted into a medical camp that only 60 students get into in Colorado


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