My parents were immigrants. They saved every nickel and dime to relocate to the United States so that my siblings and I could have a better life.
All of my brothers and sisters are surgeons. I am the Lone Ranger. I never wanted to practice medicine. I’ll tell you why. I was a problem child growing up. Adjusting to our new way of life didn’t gel with me and I was sad that we had left so many loved ones behind. I acted out in school. My behavior and lack of discipline caused me to fail the third grade.
And then I met Mr. Walker. He was a teacher that looked like me and identified with my heartache. He saw me beyond the referrals. He served as my mentor and helped me get on track. I graduated top ten in my graduating class and went on to a prestigious university.
In May, I’ll be graduating with a 4.0 in Biology. I’m not your typical success story. I took the long way to achievement. Everyone counted me out. I want to use my life to see through other little boys who feel lost. #ImMichael #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#IdealCandidateStory #PiecesofYou
My parents taught me and my sisters the value of hard work at a young age. My mother has been a baker for the last thirty years. She started baking in her kitchen, and that turned into a side hustle that brought in more money than her full-time gig. Eventually my parents opened up a small bakery in our hometown. That was our after school job. That was our weekend job. That was our summer job.
I didn’t know how to bake bread, I didn’t know how to make dough. I didn’t know how to ice cakes properly. I didn’t know how to use fondue. The greatest gift my mom gave me was the gift of curiosity. She challenged me to learn these things on my own.
As a student teacher I’m learning that the gift of curiosity will take me a long way in the teaching field. You have to be intrigued enough to find things out on your own. As a new teacher, we’ll get a lot of training, but it’s also going to take grit, determination, and the ability to always want to learn how to do the job better. Because it is one of the most important jobs we’ll ever have.
#ImAmber #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#Teach21Yearbook
I was born to be a teacher. I can tell you my story, and what lead me to this point, but the truth is, there are some people who were just born to be teachers, and I’m one of them.
Of course I was the kid who played school with my barbies and my stuffed animals. I was the kid who asked for crayons for Christmas instead of video games. I was the kid who spent summer vacations snuggled with up a good book instead of playing outside.
When I was about eight years old, I recall wanting a life size barbie REALLY bad. My parents told absolutely not. My birthday and Christmas had come and gone; therefore, my parents couldn’t justify shelling out that much money for a “want”.
Stubbornness and determination took over. The following weekend, I set up a lemonade stand and earned half of what the doll cost. A lightbulb went off.
I wasn’t great at math, but when I started applying math concepts to real life situations, everything just made sense to me. And I’ve carried that with me. That’s my teaching style. I create project-based activities and loop in the mathematics. My students aren’t just learning how to do math, they’re learning how to do life.
#ImLindsey #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#Teach21Yearbook
I’m probably the most positive person on earth. I would say that acting from a place of positive intent has helped me be a better teacher. I don’t automatically assume that students chose not to do the right thing. Teaching from a place of positive intention helps me seek to understand students instead of labeling them based on my own thoughts, beliefs, and past experiences.
#ImSam #Teach21 #Teach21Yearbook#Schoolhouse21
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