Jones ESL Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

Jones ESL Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

MrHarveyThose who can’t do, teach. I’ve never liked that saying because it sounds so degrading to teachers. I believe that those who “can do”, make the best teachers. I come from a long line of teachers in my family, my mother and father were teachers, my grandmother was a teacher, and even my great grandmother was a teacher. One could say it falls on our family tree, if someone were to analyze our family genes. However, that is not why I became a teacher. 

Growing up in a little town of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, population 1,183; I never dreamed that one day I would end up teaching in Houston, Texas, a city that had schools which were just as big as my town growing up. I joked with my parents when I first started saying, “I’m working at an elementary that has as many people as our whole town!”  It blew my mind! It was 

something that I couldn’t even imagine growing up in a small 

school with a graduating class of 55 students. Even attending college down the road at University of Wisconsin – Platteville was a step up for me population wise.

I started out as a Music Major, thinking this is what I wanted to do with my life, but it seemed that life had different plans for me. After two years I changed my mind, deciding that music would always be there for fun, but did I really want to do with my life? I had some serious reflections about it. I decided that, I always liked being creative as a kid, kids seemed to like me, and how could I make school more enjoyable for kids. I could us

e my music skills creativity and my passion for learning and create an enjoyable environment for children to grow and learn. 

Once I graduated from UW-Platteville, I student taught in Aldine ISD through student teaching program my college had with the district. I learned and experienced how large schools worked and all the secret elements of being a teacher for example, kids actually like to clean and organize, let them do it for you. At first I thought that was absurd, but the more I observed the more I learned the tricks of the trait. 

Through the years I’ve taught, I have taken those notions with a grain of salt and learned that not everything you do is going to work. Try, try, and try again; eventually you’ll find a way to reach the students.  Yes there are struggles at times, but everyone has those moments at time. You never know when you are going to reach out and help a child. Which is why I say those who “can do” make the best teachers, because they know and I know I affect children’s lives. That in 
its self is why, I am a teacher.