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Teacher Spotlight – Gerthy Eugene

I’m Stephanie, and I’m excited to introduce you to one of the teachers I work with, Gerthy Eugene. Gerthy shows real strengths in student engagement, especially the way that she plans for students to engage in real-life application of her content. Read below to learn more about the great things going on in Gerthy’s classroom.

What organization do you work for?

KIPP Sharpstown College Prep

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

5th Grade Science

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

University of Florida, Bachelors in Zoology with a minor in Science Education

What attracted you to teaching?

I was attracted to teaching with the idea that I could make a contribution to the future humanitarians of our world; that I can provide children with knowledge as well as help build character.

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

The best part of teaching is building relationships with students and their families; getting to know each child’s personal story. The most difficult part is whenever I feel like I didn’t give 100% to my students when that is what I ask of them.

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

Inquiry-based learning has been an effective strategy. Students are able to ask questions and manipulate materials to answer their own questions. They are able to truly feel like scientists and more importantly see the use of science in their everyday lives.

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

I enjoy watching movies and working on dance choreography.

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

Building classroom leaders.

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