Ten Charles Butt Scholar alumni, now first and second-year teachers, share their struggles, victories, and learnings a few months into the 2020-21 school year. These new Texas teachers find inspiration in their profession, and in the process, inspire us. Explore the full Q&A portfolio.

Q What does your teaching life look like right now, and how are you handling it?

A My teaching life is a bit stressful because I have virtual and face to face students. I believe I’m handling it as best as I can.

Q What should Texans know about what is happening currently in public schools?

A Texans should know that districts are doing the best that they can to follow safety protocols to keep our students and staff safe.

Q How has your education prepared you for this moment?

A I believe that my education touched base on what I would see in the classroom, but it wasn’t until my clinical teaching that I actually learned what I was getting myself into. No book could’ve mentally or emotionally prepared me to be in my own classroom, but I know I had the proper education, support, and determination to pull through.

Q What is one way you have recently tried to address the unique needs of learners?

A I communicate with parents and let them know what’s going on and ask them, “what is something that I can do to engage your child?” I usually get a list or some fun facts to help me connect with them better. I make videos of myself for them with detail about what we’re doing in class and what is expected of them.

Q Given the good, bad, and ugly of 2020-21, what do you love about teaching right now?

A I love the effort I see in my students.