What organization do you work for?
What grade-level and subject do you teach?
9th Grade Biology
Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply.
M.S. in Cellular Biology and Immunological Studies @ Texas Southern University (2012)
B.S. in Biology; Emphasis in Pre-Medical Studies @ Texas Southern University (2008)
What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?
The most rewarding part of teaching is helping students target their inner “Academic Warrior” that they thought never existed inside of them.
The most difficult part is realizing that every student doesn’t value education, but then I remember- that’s what my position was made for! Lead, instruct, and serve as a role model for those that need it most!
Describe a successful teaching strategy that you use in the classroom. How does this impact your students’ achievement?
I teach Biology, which can be a very complex subject for students. In order to ensure they have successfully grasped an objective, I use a collegiate questioning strategy. If a student is selected to answer a question, they must “defend their answer” using scientific diction and content specific vocabulary. This exercise helps to build their confidence in utilizing unit vocabulary and increases their performance on free response on unit exams and Common Assessments.
What 3 words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?
- Rewarding, Helpful, and Transformative
When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?
- I am an AVID participant in RETAIL THERAPY!!!! Shopping helps me relieve stress!!!! J
If you could create a t-shirt with a slogan that represents your philosophy of education, what would it say and why?
- “Hard Work and Perseverance brings STELLAR rewards.” I live by this statement! In life, we must realize that anything worth having takes hard work and dedication. At times, it may be time consuming and frustrating, but we must always strive to remember there is a BRIGHT light shining at the end of the dark tunnel. Once you reach that light, you can finally have a WELL DESERVED sigh of relief…… BECAUSE YOU MADE IT THROUGH!