What organization do you work for? KIPP SHINE
What grade-level and subject do you teach? Pre-Kindergarten, self-contained
Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply.
The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Communication Studies, Human Relations
Business Foundations certified by the McCombs School of Business
What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?
The best parts of teaching are when a student comes up to me and gives me a hug for no reason, and when I see that “AH-HA” moment in their eyes as they overcome an obstacle and “get it.” Also, when a special friend, who has to try really hard to pay attention and follow directions, is finally successful and is engaged in a lesson!
The most difficult part of teaching is when I try to make a lesson super sticky and include different things to accommodate different learning styles (for both native speakers and ELL students), and then I realize at the end that either most of them didn’t get the information at all or most ELL students have no clue what I was saying the entire time.
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?
A successful teaching strategy that I use all the time is positive praising. With positive praising, I find that 98% of the time, it works! Students want to show me they are doing what I want, and it serves as a reminder to them of how they should behave or what they should be doing. It also keeps the classroom culture light, fun, and safe. There are times when I will slip and focus on the negative behaviors. However, I have found time and time again that when that happens, classroom management as a whole becomes tougher in general. It also breaks down the culture, and I can just sense the enthusiasm slipping. I like for my students to leave on a positive note, and positive praising helps me do that.
What 3 words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?
Informative, Supported, Differentiated
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
- Playing with my dogs
- Games – outside, inside, board, computer, arcade – you name it, I love it!
- Trying new things
- Being with friends and family
If you could create a t-shirt with a slogan that represents your philosophy of education, what would it say and why?
“High expectations. Patience. Kindness. All children need it. All children deserve it.”
The slogan above says it all.