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Abby Gonzalez

(Ms. Gonzalez)

Hey, I'm Abby

There is a long journey that led me to the career of becoming an educator. I grew up like a lot of students in Title I schools. I come from a low income family, absent father, and the many struggles and challenges that come with it all. I never in…

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There is a long journey that led me to the career of becoming an educator. I grew up like a lot of students in Title I schools. I come from a low income family, absent father, and the many struggles and challenges that come with it all. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would actually graduate from college. It seemed so far out of reach, like it does for many kids who come from the same background. One thing I did have that a lot of these children lack is support and encouragement from my mom and my older sister. Without them, I can’t say I’d be doing what I am doing today and what I have grown to love which is teaching and inspiring young minds. Not only do I have the opportunity to teach my kids, I also get to be the support and encouragement that they so desperately need and deserve. I never imagined how difficult teaching would be, mostly in the community that I teach, but I believe it is our responsibility to take on the tough assignments that many avoid because there are young lives at stake. I do it because they need me, but I stay because I love them.

We exist to fix what’s broken.”

What will funds be used for

I teach at a Title I school where it is not feasible for all parents to provide the necessary supplies. This will help me provide supplies for all of my students. I would also love to purchase learning games so that my students can practice the concepts they learn in a collaborative and fun way. Additionally, my school recently purchased Chromebooks and we love incorporating technology into learning, but we are lacking reliable headphones that are necessary with a lot of learning programs. Lastly, offering incentives as prizes that my kids can earn for academic and behavioral achievements is something they look forward to and I would be able to do it more often with the help of donors.