Why did you become an educator?
I became an educator because of the teachers who impacted my life. I wasn’t always the best student, but they loved me anyway. Even at the age of 23, I am still in contact with them. My teachers/principals became a part of my family and for that I am forever grateful. I truly believe opportunity begins with education. As a recent college graduate, I have truly seen the POWER of education that can change lives for the better.
What do you love about your school?
What I love about my school is the privilege to create opportunities for my scholars. Teachers have the opportunity to take students on big trips and have free rein on promoting clubs. My school system is also dedicated to fighting for educational equity in minority communities.
I believe my students have more opportunities to build upon their foundational learning than I did in middle school. My students have reading and math intervention classes to aid in closing knowledge gaps or just support students.
Why is it important that lower income children can attend schools of choice?
Schools in lower income neighborhoods have a reputation for being low performing and under resourced. Teachers typically try to avoid these schools and they have high turnover rates. It is important that children can attend schools of choice, so that they can get access to the education they deserve.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Being a teacher is the best decision I ever made. I cannot wait to return to the class room when it is safe to do so.