Teacher, tutor, mom, I have been on all sides of it! I reach your student, reach out to their teacher, give tips to stay on it!!! Here's a short description of my teaching career.
My first teaching interview, nine years ago, I sat with the principal and without hesitation, I stated with both passion and humility,I am a multicultural, multilingual, multi-talented teacher”. I explained that I graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans, an inner city school that is both historically black and also a Catholic school. There, I studied Spanish Literature, Latino history and environmental and biological sciences. I earned a BA. Through Xavier, I studied in Cuba, and experienced the cultures of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe.
During that first interview, I urged the principal to add me to her staff as an English as a Second Language paraprofessional. Instead, she handed me a fledgling Spanish program in a rural elementary school with many high risk students, to nurture a new program entirely on my own. I built a challenging curriculum through technology, inspiration, collaboration and a heavy dose of “sí, se puede, you too can do this”. I managed other activities on campus including document and parent translation.
The next few years, I taught middle school Science in two inner city schools in Miami, with both gifted and inclusion classes. I was offered a position as the head sixth grade science teacher.
In 2011, I was hired as the first teacher in the Incarcerated Youth division of Alt. Ed. at my first school district in Hernando County, where I had started nearly eight years prior. I taught Math and Science in the county jail. I was invited back by Sgt. Dreschnack and received a compliment of “you could teach me a thing or two about math,” by my immediate supervisor Mr. Jim Knight.
In December of 2011, I relocated to California. Almost immediately, teachers and administrators at Oasis Community School, a school for high risk students, recognized that despite my petite stature, large smile and soft voice, I was “up to the challenge” and quickly I was their “go to teacher”, filling gaps in the students' Math and Science foundations. Ms. Debbie Livingston offered me a full time position.
I hope this note lends a little insight into what I am capable of. Thank you for your time.
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