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Teacher Spotlight – Rebecca Kott

This post was written by Chris Reid, Instructional Coach.

Rebecca Kott PhotoI’m excited to introduce you to one of the teachers that I coach: Rebecca Kott! Rebecca shows real strengths in promoting a positive classroom climate, especially the way that she authentically praises and builds relationships with her students. Read below to learn more about the great things going on in Rebecca’s classroom.

What organization do you work for?

YES Prep West—Marvelous Marvels!!

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

6th Grade Math

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

I attended The University of Texas in Austin where I majored in Mathematics and was a part of a teaching program called UTeach.  I also received a Business Foundations Certificate and minored in Spanish.

What attracted you to teaching?

Throughout various experiences at The University of Texas working with students and youth in the community, I became passionate about serving kids.  I knew I would end up serving children in some way in my own career.  For me, teaching fell into place as a natural path and gave me the chance to work every day towards providing students with opportunities for a more promising future.

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

The best part of teaching by far is building relationships with the students and learning each student’s story throughout the journey of the year.  It is so fascinating to hear about each person’s unique experiences and opinions.  Seeing the growth in students, even in one semester, has been so meaningful.

The most difficult part of teaching is reaching all learners.  Differentiating lessons to push each and every student to their potential when they come from very different background knowledge and skill levels can be extremely challenging.

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 in the classroom with my co-teacher is to engage the students through relating and tailoring our lesson plan and the problems we solve to our students and their lives.  We try to make most of the problems and situations we discuss about our own students and their interests.  In our PowerPoint we include silly pictures of the students from around school, on bid trips, and during service days.  By relating the content to the students, allowing them to stay entertained, and making class more fun, I think the students retain and remember more information.

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

When I am not at school, I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors and spending time with my close friends and family.  I love to play sports and go explore new places in Houston.

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

Growth, Accountability, Support



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