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“My students are all at-risk students and many have fallen through the cracks of our education system. They are very smart and have a lot of potential. My goal is to redirect their thinking and make them believe they are capable. I love inspiring the youth at Camp Sweeney and giving them the extra push that they need to believe in themselves.”
“Teaching is the most rewarding job I have had and one I encourage young people to pursue. When my students wonder why I gave up a lucrative banking career for teaching, I tell them there is so much more to life than money. I teach because the rewards are constant and deep.”
“My reward is seeing students become dynamic young adults who are compassionate knowledge seekers equipped with the means to affect change. Knowing that this profession allows me to attempt this feat is what drives me to stop my alarm clock every morning and go to work with our future.”
“I work hard from day one to connect with each student. Once children believe you are there for them and to support them...they will open up, give you their best, and want to come to school.”
“Passion is the key for teaching. It makes a difference when students know that their instructors care as much about them as they care about the subject. I want each and every one of my students to become a happy, productive member of society.”
“I want my students to know they are able to make choices for their lives. My teaching philosophy is to create an environment where students can truly be themselves and where they are expected to show their power and their voice.”
“One of my top priorities is to bring high quality computer science and STEM program opportunities to my students, as more than half of them are from low-income, underrepresented families. I believe that anyone can learn anything with proper guidance.”
“Every year is a new love story waiting to be written, and every time I open that door on the first day of school, I embrace the joy, enchantment, confusion, and frustration that comes with taking a group of children from stranger to family in ten short months.”
“I seek to set up a welcoming and encouraging environment that challenges students to question, think, and share. Each morning we begin with special handshakes that celebrate the uniqueness of each student. They are welcomed by name with a smile because I am truly happy to have them in our class. The classroom isn't my room but is our room. It is where we work together as a team; where we seek the good of each other.”
“My goal is to bring home the message that law enforcement careers require a commitment far beyond writing tickets and making arrests. The primary duty of a member of a public service agency is to protect life and property and that is done by listening to the community's needs and trying to help meet those needs.”
“Music is a powerful tool to rally people. When you share music, you create a bond. Students in my class have to work together and give of themselves to each other.”
“I create mathematicians. It is our commission to foster and produce superheroes who use their imaginations, explain their solutions, look for patterns, explore their local and global community, communicate and share their ideas, and use their toolbox of problem-solving strategies to prove or disprove their theories. We see math as something we can do and is worth doing.”
“Oakland students deserve teachers who are determined to close the achievement gap and set them up for future success. I believe every student is capable and it is my duty as a teacher to guide students to their strengths and build their self-confidence.”
“I am often the first teacher to discover learning difficulties. I try to turn these challenges into teachable moments where students learn to identify who they are and what they need. Our room is a place of acceptance where equity means we each need different things.”
“My students are individuals who have personalities that need to be nurtured. I have come to see how important it is to develop the whole child—emotionally, intellectually, and socially—so that they view themselves without limitations.”
“My class is an elective, so the fact that they keep coming back means that they're finding joy and camaraderie and really want to be there. Music brings them together.”
"One thing I really try to teach is empathy. That comes easily to some people because of their upbringing, and for others it doesn’t. We read books and analyze different texts and I try to get them to understand what it’s like to come from a different person’s perspective, to live through another perspective than their own. I encourage them to share their own stories. I believe that empathy is something we’re lacking in the world right now, so if I can bring that into my classroom and help students take that away, that’s a big win."
“I want my students to know that they are capable, able to advocate for themselves, set goals, and achieve. I want them to understand that as long as they're making an earnest effort to set goals for themselves and move forward, they're meeting my expectation.”