What do you do at Friendship?
 
I work at Friendship Collegiate campus teaching pre-AP algebra to ninth graders.
 
This is my fourth year at Collegiate and my third year teaching ninth grade. During my first year, I taught tenth grade. My first year was challenging, as it is typically for any new teacher. But I gradually progressed. I’m starting to understand how to better teach students and how to reach them culturally. It works to approach teaching in this way because it’s connected to their world and their surroundings. If my scholars buy into what I’m saying, the sky’s the limit. They’ll climb mountains for you if you develop that trust factor.

I enjoy working at Collegiate because they take the time to help you out with whatever you need. My math coaches, Ms. Crouch and Ms. Anderson, are fantastic. They’ve stuck with me, telling me what I’ve been doing right and where I could improve. It definitely helps to have their guidance, especially during our first years of teaching. They build new teachers from the ground up and make sure they know what our kids need.
Nice. So, you mentioned that you developed a style that resonates with your students. Talk a little bit more about that and how someone new to teaching at Collegiate could learn from it.

So, in the first couple of weeks, we’re trying to get a feel for each other. I create little surveys to see what they like, what they’re interested in. I build my lessons around their interests. For example, one of my kids liked Go Go music, and I manipulated my lessons to incorporate that. This really grabs their attention– and once you have it, you can make any lesson a success, no matter how rigorous it is. So, that’s typically my approach, day in and day out.

I’m not going to lie: I do spend many late nights lesson planning, but it’s well worth it when you get the results you want, when you get the smiles, when you get, “Oh, yeah, I get it!” from the kids. I love it.
Both my parents are educators, so I initially didn’t want to walk down that path. I wanted to be my own self, especially when I was in college. One day, when I sat down with my math professor and advisor, she just said, “You should try this teaching thing.”

I used to work in summer camps and help coach and tutor in mathematics, which I enjoyed. So I said, “You know what? I should try this teaching thing.” And then my first year was rough. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. But I stuck with it.

And the reason I do it every day is to develop those relationships with kids. To this day, I still have a relationship with one of my high school teachers, and I want to pay it forward. I want to give back to my community.
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Looking Ahead to a New School Year
September 17th at 3 p.m.

This workshop will help families reflect on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and create academic, social and emotional family goals for a strong school year. Zoom >

Meeting ID: 824 0971 5356
Passcode: BBGny5

Helping Your Child Save a Life
September 23rd at 7 p.m. Register here >

For World Suicide Prevention Day, this webinar will be offered to educate parents on the risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide, while teaching them how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). 

College Application & Preparation Webinar
September 30th at 5 p.m. 

This workshop will help senior families prepare for the college application process and tips on how to find the right match for your scholar based on their wants and needs. Zoom >

Meeting ID: 991 8350 6795
Passcode: ParentU
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