10th Grade English/Language Arts | Southwest High School | Southwest ISD
Charles Butt Scholar Alum, Our Lady of the Lake University
As the 2020-21 school year came to an end, ten Charles Butt Scholar alumni in their first years as Texas teachers shared their learnings and reflections with us. The stories, struggles, and triumphs showcased in this Q&A portfolio provide an honest look at what it’s like to be a new teacher.
A Whether students are face-to-face or online, they still log in to engage as a class for our lessons. Ultimately, I am the classroom. Wherever I go (physically or virtually) my students do too.
A I can’t speak about just one when it’s two who have impacted my life the most this school year. They reminded me of the importance of being fearless. These two students are unafraid and embrace what life has to offer them regardless of their circumstances. Their perseverance and will to thrive academically and emotionally has allowed me to reconnect with my own intrinsic motivation.
A This school year my uncle passed away due to COVID-19. He was my mom’s brother, a father figure, the life of the party, and a shoulder to lean on. His parting has been a daily struggle because I can hear, see, and feel the emptiness created by his absence. I don’t believe I will be able to overcome losing someone so important to me, but I do know that I have become a fountain of trust for my students who are experiencing loss this school year. Being able to connect and navigate daily with them has been reinforcing and empowering because my students remind me that I am appreciated.
A My teacher preparation program prepared me for the unknown. Like life, teaching is full of surprises. Our plans can be set and ready to go, but if our students are not ready to move on to the next concept (even if we’re crunched for time) we can’t. You can hope that a lesson will be executed beautifully with no issues, but that is not the reality of teaching (especially this school year).
A You are not obligated to be anyone other than yourself. Students want to connect with the real you, not with a fake version of you. It’s okay to make mistakes, but own them when you do. Hold yourself accountable and responsible just like you would a student.
A The greatest lesson I learned this school year as a teacher is that I will never stop being a student.
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