“Building relationships is the MOST important job I have. Relationships with ALL students, with ALL parents, and with ALL co-workers.”
Years of experience
Students this year
I got pregnant at age 17, dropped out of high school, got my GED and got married. Before the age of 20, I had 2 daughters. When they were both in school, I decided to enroll in college classes because I always wanted to be a teacher. It took me 5 years, including summers, but I graduated and started teaching in 2003 at the same elementary school that I attended as a child. 16 years later, I am still at that same school and I adore my school family! I hope to be here until retirement. I have learned so much and grown so much in the past 16 years. I can relate to my young parents and offer advice to them. Teaching is my passion and I can’t imagine doing anything else!
How will funding help my students?
I teach special education inclusion (pre-k) so I have students on all levels, mentally and physically. I spend a lot of my own money in my classroom because my students are worth it. Many of them come from low income or single parent homes and can’t afford to pay for school supplies, backpacks, rest mats, field trip fees, party supplies, snacks, school uniforms, etc. I like to help any way that I can, but it gets expensive. I also like to buy special things for my lessons, learning centers, parties, and materials such as card stock, laminating sheets, Velcro dots, printer paper, storage containers...the list goes on. I like having everything I need to make the year a success. My job is so rewarding and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Thank you to ALL who are willing to donate and help teachers do the BEST JOB possible!
Number of students who will be impacted: 16
4310 Pardue Road, Ball, LA
- Grades: Preschool
- Students: 16
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