Dallas ISD, 9th Grade, English Language Arts and Reading
“Even though the program is self-paced, the trainers do
give you the guidance you need to be effective in the classroom.”
I was born in Mexia, Texas, and spent the first month or two of my life there. I claim Dallas as my home, because that's where I grew up.
I did my undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, and majored in Political Science. After graduating from Syracuse, I went to law school at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon.
I don't have any children.
My favorite teacher was Ms. Cynthia Newton, my orchestra teacher. Ms. Newton, more than any other teacher, believed in me, encouraged me, and most of all, she introduced me to the wonder of music.
Before I entered the teaching profession, I practiced law in Oregon.
I became a teacher in order to make a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of our future leaders.
I was most surprised by the level of optimism and dedication that many of my students have shown about life and education.
One challenge that I faced, as a brand new teacher, was gaining a sense of comfort with the curriculum that I had to teach. There are so many acronyms, terms, objectives, and labels that we teachers have to be familiar with in order to teach the necessary objectives, that it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed during those first few weeks of that first year.
Teaching, like any profession, is a constant learning experience. Any teacher that has his/her hands around teaching should retire and write the golden teacher rule book.
The kids have taught me to relax and laugh more at life's everyday little mishaps, and just "go with the flow."
It wasn't in the classroom, but my students performed a community service project last spring. It was raining, but the kids kept a very positive attitude. One of my students was so happy that she broke out in one of the craziest dances I think I have ever seen. Another student recorded it, and no matter how many times I saw it, I found her performance hilarious.
I chose Texas Teachers because its alternative certification program afforded me the opportunity to prepare for teaching at a flexible and self-paced rate.