Where do you teach? Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
What subject(s)/grade(s) do you teach? Social Studies, grades 9-12
How many years have you taught? 16
Why did you become a teacher? Honestly, I had always loved learning new things. I initially wanted to be a lawyer, but it was always on the back burner to become a teacher. Once my journey into the law field did not work out, I stumbled into teaching, literally. It was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I know now that it is my passion and what I was called to do.
What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? The best part of teaching that was unexpected was the gratification that my heart feels that very moment when a student gets it! I must say before that point I was just going through the motions, learning the ins and outs of the profession myself. However, the look on a student’s face when that light bulb comes on is priceless!
What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? I wish non-teachers knew the exciting feeling of having the opportunity to give back and feed into these children’s lives. It’s like we unintentionally, but strategically and purposefully, pay it forward each and every single day.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is being able to see students Graduate and go out into the world as equipped citizens!
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? I love to read, watch movies, cook and create exciting vegan meals, and spend time with my family.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? My superpower is finding the good in people and expanding that confidence to greater heights. A lot of times, we are our own worst enemies.