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Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Mollie Dean


(From Spirit Week at West!)

What organization do you work for?

Yes Prep Public Schools- West campus

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

6th and 7th grade, Reading Intervention

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

Texas A&M University; Major – English Creative Writing, Minor – Sociology

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

The best part of teaching is when students finally get it. There’s that magical moment when what you say actually makes sense and something clicks. Their eyes open a little wider and the whole class mouths “ohhhh…” It is truly a beautiful thing.

The most difficult part of teaching is PLANNING. Wouldn’t it be great if our lessons just planned themselves?

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

I have found so much success in simply being honest and upfront with my students. As a Reading Intervention teacher, it was important from the beginning to communicate to my students why they are in my class and what they can do to consistently make positive growth. I try my hardest not to put on that “teacher voice,” but to be as genuine as possible and get on their level. This relationship based on trust and honesty has motivated my students to succeed far above my initial expectations as a new teacher.

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

Enlightening, challenging, rewarding

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

Playing with my new pup Rudy- a stray that walked into the front door at West!

If you could create a t-shirt with a slogan that represents your philosophy of education, what would it say and why?

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

–Dr. Seuss J

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