Why did you become an educator?
I wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to me. I grew up in similar circumstances as some of my students, and I was very quiet and shy my entire adolescence. I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Title, who saw me when I thought no one could. I think of her every time I meet a quiet student who doesn't realize their potential yet.
What makes your approach to teaching unique?
I think I create a calm and safe space for the students, and I let them know as soon as they're "mine" - we're a forever family. I love showing my students that they have everything they need within them, and by the end of the year, they know they don't need me to succeed. I try to instill pride about where they came from, who they are, and where they're going.
How has TEC helped you in your career as an educator?
I love seeing the community of professionals and teachers rally around each other, supporting one another with their strengths. As I reflect on being an urban educator in general, we need a voice and someone to listen so we can get through the tough moments. I think TEC is a great place to start those empathetic conversations.
The University of Texas at Austin
Member, Joy Committee - Thomas C Marsh Preparatory Academy
Coach & Sponsor, Texas Math Science Coaches Association
Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 - Thomas C Marsh Preparatory Academy