What motivated you to become a teacher?
I have first-hand experience of the effect that an inspiring teacher can have in the life of a student. Specific teachers kept me from falling through the cracks of the educational system – immigrant, low socioeconomic status, male and Latino are unfortunately factors that, according to experts in the field, stacked the odds against me. It is thanks to those teachers that worked with me that I am the person I am today; their drive to reach me beyond the classroom inspired me to work hard and beat those odds. These experiences motivated me to do the same for students as an educator.
What has been the highlight of your teaching career so far?
My life experiences have helped me forge meaningful connections with students and their families. One key aspect for every successful classroom is being able to reach your students at multiple levels – from home visits to mediating conflicts between classmates, I have managed to reach a healthy balance that makes my classroom a safe learning space. In July 2015, I was one of nine DACAmented educators to be honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for my work in the field – this distinction has truly been the highlight of my teaching career.
How has TEC improved your experience as an early-career educator?
It is easy to feel like your work goes unnoticed in this field, however, that has hardly been the case for me. TEC has given me an opportunity to help me grow professionally through specific workshops and personally by facilitating a space to strengthen ties with my colleagues. TEC recognizes the value in my work as a professional in education – this has been a determining factor in my commitment to the field.
What would you say to a teacher thinking about joining TEC?
Support in the early stages of a teaching career fundamental for long-term success. TEC is a support system that adds strength to your development as an educator and continuously values your efforts in and out of the classroom. In order to better serve your students, you need to take care of yourself – TEC will equip you with skills needed to be in optimum condition for the classroom and for life.
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