“Happiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events.”
My personal story begins back in California where I lived for over 30 years.
As a teenager, I had dreams of going to law school and so, I focused my energy on academics, the high school swim team, student government and school clubs. During my last year in high school, I also started dating my future wife.
While attending the University of California, Irvine, I pursued and earned my B.A. in Political Science. I also worked for an attorney service to pay for tuition costs and eventually found out that the world of law was not the right fit for me.
My cousin-in-law’s wife, who was a teacher at the time, suggested that I consider a career in education since she felt that I naturally worked well with children. One year later, I found myself teaching in a challenging inner-city school in one of the poorest areas of Orange County and California. I naturally fell in love with the world of teaching and those students. I also learned that, despite their daily obstacles, they were still kids with their own dreams.
Ten years later, my wife and I decided to make a “life change” for our family and so considered moving to the Austin area. We both love that we made the correct choice!
For the last nine years in the Austin area, I was fortunate to work at a middle school in LISD for three years and then took the personal and professional challenge and opportunity to work for a University of Texas, University Charter School/Residential Treatment Center for a year.
Twenty plus years of teaching have granted me the experience of teaching ELL students, SPED, inner city students, socially/economically challenged students, Social Studies 6th to 12th grade, Saturday Math Academy programs, Academic Pentathlon competition teams, emotionally and neurological challenged students, FTC robotics team sponsor, Language Arts courses, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students and LA/APS (Academic and Personal Success).
As a teacher, I believe that the classroom environment prepares the students for real life situations. Hard work, belief in oneself, enjoying life, thinking at high levels and having standards and goals are important things that I model for my students.
I am also a strong advocate for student responsibility. I want my students to be "FUTURE READY"!
Student responsibility encompasses the following below:
- completing homework with quality and on time
- being prepared for class
- asking good questions
- advocating for oneself
- coming in for support/tutorials (everyday during lunch and/or by appointment)
- pushing oneself to be better
- checking grades online
-marking things in your agenda (especially if you forgot to turn in an assignment)
-signing up for Remind
Some of the ways that you can support your son/daughter are suggested below:
- continually check my teacher website
- have conversations about what we are doing/studying in class with your son/daughter
- look over your son’s/daughter’s homework
- check online for grade updates
-sign up for my Remind
- have a conversation with your son/daughter about and grades/issues prior to emailing or calling me
- coach them on the importance of marking things in his/her agenda (especially if he/she forgot to turn in an assignment)
I truly believe that this will be a successful year for your child!
If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My extension is #42423 and/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.