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TEaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Alicia Rodriguez


What organization do you work for?

Yes Prep Public Schools- East End campus

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

11th and 12th grade, AP Psychology

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

I attended University of Houston-Central Campus and majored in Human Development and Family Studies.

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

The absolute best part of teaching is being able to interact with super cool kids every day, and having the glorious opportunity of imparting something that is priceless – knowledge.

Aside from all the prepping, the most difficult part of teaching is knowing that when the door to your classroom closes, you are the one making judgment calls.

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

One of the best teaching strategies I’ve learned is to make sure that at some point in the lesson, students are presented with an opportunity to laugh. When students feel good, they will enjoy being in your classroom and will be more likely to remember the material (or at the very least associate learning with positive feelings).

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

Enlightening. Mastery. Support.

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

I love photography!

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

BEST

“Teaching is the hardest thing ever.”

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