Autobiography of Anthoney Roe
My name is Anthoney Lee Roe, and I am 27 years of age. I was born on April 3rd, 1985 in San Jose, CA. I spent the majority of my adolescence in the Bay Area, where I eventually graduated from High School in 2003. In that same year, I received my Eagle Scout from Troop 14. It is the respect for discipline, the pride in wearing a uniform that represented country and self, and sense of accomplishment that I internalized while in the Scouts that led me to pursue a career in the military. I began my enlistment process in 2003, but after much consideration, I decided to attend college first. I went on to complete my undergraduate studies at The University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
I began teaching in the classroom during my summer breaks, in a truly amazing program called Summerbridge San Diego. SBSD worked with at risk and socially-economically disadvantage youth with the goal of creating a well rounded, college bound student. I taught there for five summers in a self contained classroom. Initially, I taught 5th grade mathematics and science. In my last year, I helped to develop the 7th and 8th grade leadership and college prep curriculum, as I solidified my passion for teaching. This experience was crucial for my career and my later military experience, as it instilled within me great confidence and pride for a job well done. This is also when I began to really develop myself as a leader, and understand what it meant to lead.
After graduation, I worked for UCSD, managing a new and innovative online tutoring program. The goal of this program was to provide academic guidance to schools in the greater San Diego and Imperial Valley areas. Often, the program was used by teachers at the school as an extra resource to help those students who were struggling with the coursework. This was my first significant experience implementing technology in the classroom, and learning how to outreach with key players in the community in order to collaborate and implement a university based project. Above all else, as I continued to grow as a professional and an individual, this experience taught me the importance of proper communication.
Following this, I decided to further my career and vary my educational experiences by traveling to South Korea to teach English. I taught kindergarten and middle school aged children. This opportunity was one of the most important experiences from an educator’s perspective, as it provided me with a unique and different insight into the varying structures of education, and how culture can have a heavy influence on such. At that time, I was also completing my Masters of Arts in Teaching through the University of Southern California (USC). USC had a new and innovative online program that allowed students from all over the United States and the world to participate in real-time classes with professors from the Rosier School of Education. Through this program, I was able to validate my teaching ideas and methods with contemporary learning theory. Being able to work on my Masters while continuing to teach in the classroom each day helped me to build upon the skills I already possessed, while acquiring new ones at a very accelerated pace. I was very fortunate for having the experiences that I did in the sequence that I had them. Inspired by my time spent teaching ESL, I have begun work on my first educational publication, which I plan to complete by 2014.
During my time in South Korea, I was also asked by the United States Army to seek out a reserve unit at Yongsan, and drill with them. The idea was that this would prepare me for Basic Combat Training. I made some calls, and eventually got in touch with a SFC. Once I explained my situation, they let me attach to their unit for the year I spent in South Korea. I was fortunate to have that experience, as it allowed me an insight into what a typical weekend battle assembly would look like once I completed my training. It also allowed me to interact heavily with enlisted soldiers, which I strongly feel helped me to better understand their concerns and perspectives.
Upon my return from South Korea, I completed my final quarter of study with USC, as well as my last sequence of student teaching. Two weeks after receiving my credentials, I left for Basic Combat Training for the United States Army, which I completed with high honors in March of 2012. I led my platoon as Platoon Guide for seven weeks, from red phase through graduation. I pushed myself physically and mentally, and stove to set a positive example for my platoon. You know when your soldiers respect your leadership, and when they don’t. You can sense it. I know without a doubt that I led by example, gained their trust and confidence, and provided the leadership that they need so that they could push through their training. Now, I am awaiting training for officer school, and plan to be commissioned as a 2nd LT.
Currently, I teach 6th grade Social Sciences and English at Monroe Middle School in Campbell Unified. During the summer, I am also a Camp Director for Camp Galileo at the Almaden site (Los Alamitos Elementary). I would eventually like to pursue my PhD in Educational Leadership, and eventually enter in public service with the hopes of serving my community as a leader and a professional. It is the combination of my educational experience and my military experience that have molded me into who I am today. I take great pride in being a citizen soldier. Service to community, family, and country is what defines me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.