I am an educator. I am currently the Foreign Language Teacher at a Denton, Texas public school as of August 2013. I have been teaching since 2006, after graduating with a BA in Education from the University of Puerto Rico, under the wings of some great educators such as Prof. William Garay and Dr. John Vazquez.
Through the journey, I have met Prof. Franceslia Rodriguez (a great mentor in Dallas), Dr. Israel (Isra) Aguilar, Dr. Lourdes Morales, and Dr. Juan Nino. I'm sure you will hear these names again in the education field. They embody the true reform of bilingual education (even education in general for that matter) without "stock" or "stakeholders".
Why Texas?! Well, why not? Why not teach the world? I created this blog to unwind most if not all of my thoughts personally and professionally. Just to see how it all comes together and comes apart. I take my profession very seriously and find it very insightful every single day. Though my personality may seem upbeat and funny to my students and colleagues, there is a serious thought process as to how I go about my career. I learned this watching my favorite teacher growing up, Mr. Davis who taught me 7th grade Algebra in Killeen, Texas. Though I really learned the mastermind behind the man after graduating from college. I realized that even though most of us were most likely "at-risk" or "low performing" students, he taught meaningful and effective lessons while having fun at the same time (or so he sold it to us that way).
Thank you Mr. Davis. I know that even though I put on a "show", I must know what they need to acquire. As I act, every comment and gesture makes or breaks effective learning in a delicate balance of these future alumni.
Millions of thoughts go through my head as students ask about a lesson: (What should I say? How do I answer? Should I answer? Analogy, break it down, build it up, around, under, straight forward). BOOM!! Attention, GONE!! Think faster next time Mr. Berrios.