I hold a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and according to the Florida Department of Education, I am eligible to teach math and chemistry from 6 to 12 grades. Five years ago, I decided to change my career and do what I love most: teach. I have been a substitute teacher for more than two years, and during this time, I have been working with students from elementary to secondary levels.
Since my major was not education, I had to enroll in the EPI program at Miami Dade College. After completing my online portfolio, I received my professional certification in math. In August 2010, I started working as a full-time teacher at Little Havana Institute, a special school for students that are at risk of dropping school. I was able to test and improve my classroom management strategies arriving to the conclusion that students are not driven by the curriculum or professional development of the teacher. Only after establishing a positive relationship with my students was I able to motive them to learn and to behave inside my classroom. During the same school year, I was covering the chemistry teacher at Doral Academy Charter School, and I rediscovered myself. I did not know that I would enjoy so much teaching chemistry. I was able to share my experiences as a chemical engineering with my students.
In the fall of 2011, I was employed at Allapatath Middle as a math interventionist. During this period of time, I had the opportunity to work together with math teachers in developing strategies to identify and remediate students’ deficiencies effectively. I was hired as a full math teacher in January 2011. I had to teach algebra I and II to students that were affected with a varieties of disabilities. That end of the school year at Southwest senior high has been the most rewarding of all the years I have been teaching. From the autistic students to the deaf ones, all of them without exception were graphing quadratic functions and solving quadratic equations by themselves. They were able to find the right answers without my help. In addition, one of my students passed the EOC for algebra 1 and four of them were two or three points away from the passing score. For my future I have many plans for example, I am planning to start working in my master’s degree as soon as next year so that I can be more effective inside a classroom.
While I was at school, I took four calculus classes, and I feel comfortable teaching math at a higher level. For that reason I think I would be a valuable asset to you. In addition, I am planning to take the ESOL and Spanish tests, because I would like to help students that come from Hispanic backgrounds succeed in this country.
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