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Get to Know a Teacher: Sarah

Teachers & Principals | 09/01/2016

MaryGrace Longoria
Educator Organizer

MaryGrace is Stand for Children's Educator Organizer

Stand for Children has the privilege of working with rockstar educators who are passionate about their work and the students they teach. We are highlighting some of the incredible teachers in our network so you can get to know them better. This week, learn more about Sarah:

 

Where do you teach, and what subject?

I teach 6th grade writing in Denver, Colorado

 

What made you want to be a teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I want to change the world. Since a young age, I've cared deeply about the world around me, always thinking of the problems in the world and wanting to be a part of the solution to those problems. I realized that by teaching the next generation of leaders, changing their mindsets and broadening their world view, I could help them enact those changes that will positively impact the world.

 

What did you do this summer for fun?

I spent this past summer teaching summer school in Arizona, but greatly enjoyed my time visiting the beautiful national parks there, including the Grand Canyon.

 

What did you do this summer to prepare for the new school year?

To prepare for the new school year, I researched and created resources for my classroom and spent time with my coworkers to learn about my students and the populations we serve at my school.

 

How has TFA impacted your experience as a teacher?

Teach For America has impacted my experience as a teacher by helping me realize the potential in every student. TFA has given me the support and coaching necessary for me to connect deeply with my students and to positively challenge them to strive for better and think critically about their work, their actions and their roles in our community.

 

What is the most challenging thing about teaching?

The most challenging thing about teaching is managing time to take care of every little detail in our day to day, while also having time for those personal moments.

 

What is the best thing about being a teacher?

The best thing about being a teacher is the chance to truly impact a student's life, to see the joy in their eyes the moment they first learn about an interesting topic, or to witness their growth not only academically, but in character as well, as they continue in their academic career.

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