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Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Courtney Andree

What organization do you work for?

YES Prep Public Schools

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

6th Grade Math

Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply.

Texas A&M University- Major: Civil Engineering

What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?

For me, the best part of teaching comes when one of my struggling students who has never understood math or the reasoning behind it, raises their hand and can explain the entire problem to another student. The most difficult (frustrating) part of teaching is having to reteach the students objectives that we have already learned from earlier in the year. They like to focus on the now and forget about everything in the past. Math carries through the semester, and they are starting to learn that!

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?

I always try to predict and show the students where the most common mistakes are or will be. This way they will know before even beginning the problems. I teach the mistakes and make sure my students understand WHY it is a mistake. Then, I teach HOW to correct the mistake and answer the problem.

What 3 words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?

Concrete, applicable, real (real applications, real classroom examples and teachers all to help strengthen your teaching abilities, etc.)

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

My family enjoys spending time together – from traveling, to cruising or just eating out and watching a movie, we are always together!

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