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Name: Ariam Espinosa
School: Booker T. Washington High School
Subject: Spanish (LOTE)
Tell us a little bit about you. Things you like outside of school, etc.…
I am a 32 y/o teacher with 5 years of experience as an official classroom teacher; did 4 prior years as a teacher assistant while in college in an autistic unit and rotated also through the upper level special education classrooms in elementary and middle school. Moved from a small town down in the Valley to the “Big H” (Houston lol) to pursue my dream of becoming a Spanish language teacher and here I am.
Funny, colorful, sparkly, loud and lover of background music and a bit of dancing at the threshold on Fridays. I love to share my culture with the people around me and show them the other side of the Hispanic heritage. Visual and kinesthetic learner so you bet my classroom has colors, charts, pictures, projects and piniatas in the entire room; me and my kids must move around, come to the board, have some music, get on groups to work, create crafty and investigation projects, sing in target language, etc. My room is like my home and my kids love to adapt to it.
I am eager to not only show but to prove my students that there is a bright future inside and outside of our school doors for everyone and that if they see it and work hard for it, they will get it and surpass it! That nothing; no difficult background, no lack of support, no monetary hardships, no professional stranding… nothing can or will stop them from what they work for. Yes, there will be some rocky roads, some downs but the key is to never give up and believe thatthey can do anything is possible if they are willing to do what it takes to do it.
Give us an idea of your education passion, can you tell us something of why you chose education…
Education gives me a daily opportunity to develop the most important factor in teaching… building bridges with my students. Bridges to reach out to them, to get to them and through them according to their own processes, abilities, family situations, personal situations and personality traits. To connect with in a way where they not only reach you for content questions but for to ask for suggestions about their college, about other projects, about other teachers, etc.
Teaching is a passion for me because yes, it gives me the chance to educate my students not only inside my TEKS or within my content. It allows me to do my due diligent work and empower my students for big thoughts, big accomplishments, big future, big visions; to help them set high goals and action plans to reach it.
To help you feel better what do you like? Card, Starbucks, candy, prayer, etc.… list as many things as you wish
PRAYER FIRST! For me, my family, my students and their families, my coworkers and their
families; for all of us to make it safely and faithfully through this hardship we are all living through different windows and ways.
An air purifier for my classroom to help and benefit me and my students have a safer and
better breathable environment.
Extra PPE; disposable masks, cloth masks, extra face shields, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, disinfectant spray. I honestly don’t know if the state or district will mandatorily provide those items but trust me, I will need extra help on that when we run after what we are given, “if” we are given any.
A monetary card (with whatever amount you have) to have an end of the first semester celebration for me and my kids. I know they will all be extremely,justas I would, to make it through the first semester!. That monetary card will be to help me out with the costs of candy, goodie bags, food, etc.
To help you with supplies, what items are you wanting?
A white board (as big as it is possible). This will help me accommodate it at home in my garage over a special easel to teach better during live sessions and pre-recorded video lessons.
Expo markers for my white board.
A printer for my classroom (I’m sorry if I ask too much… it doesn’t hurt to ask lol ) Lined paper.
Markers and crayons.
Notebooks; they will be useful for when we return.