Why are we fixing what is not broken? The PARCC is just an assessment, yes, and a valuable and effective one at that. We should work on ensuring all of our students can reach the rigorous standards of the PARCC in New Mexico because we want our students to be proficient in every category in every way, no matter what state they end up living in later in life.
I want students with special needs to know that their disability doesn't define them. I want them to know that they are special because of their talents, not because of their disability. Students with disabilities need to know that their academic weaknesses are also their super powers. Many students possess problem-solving skills they have developed because of their academic challenges.
I want families to know that their children are amazing blessings who I feel honored to teach and learn from. I enjoy seeing the light go on when they understand a concept. The best feeling I get is when, on their own, my students dig deeper into a lesson and discover something that even I didn’t know before.Read More
Yes, there are important questions to answer about where public education in NM goes from here. While progress has been made, we have much further to go. What’s also true is we won’t move forward by continually taking three or four steps backwards. Blindly wiping the slate clean only hurts teachers and students, while ignoring nearly a decade of important progress. Instead, let’s do the hard work of enacting change on behalf of all students, from Dulce to Deming.Read More
The best teachers share great ideas with each other and tweak those ideas to meet the individual needs of their students. My partner teacher has great ideas and is constantly inspiring me with her creativity, making me think and causing me to raise the bar for my students. I wouldn’t be a Golden Apple teacher if it weren’t for strong collaboration with my peers and a vision for excellence instilled by my school administrator.
I also owe a great deal of my who I am to my grandparents; they were critical in my upbringing. My grandfather, and “cowboy legend”, Levi Garcia didn’t have much of a formal education and worked his fingers to the bone to find great success. Although he loved what he did, and was darn good at it, he valued a formal education. He wanted his kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren to finish school and receive the education that he never had. Since I was a young man, my grandpa would always remind me that an education would allow me to work with my mind. Though he has since passed on from this life, this is where the root of hard work was instilled into me and where the constant quest for knowledge began.
No matter how much additional funding comes as a result of Yazzie, unless we spend that money with Jayla and Mrs. Jones in mind, we won’t be better off. If we in New Mexico can pull that off, we could show the rest of the country how to rethink the way it spends on schools, too.Read More
Coffee for me is equally as important to my survival as water or oxygen. The first thing I do each morning is make myself a cup of coffee. I would have to say my favorite coffee drink comes from Starbucks, especially when I can enjoy it with my girls. Mocha Frappuccino with an extra shot of espresso for me please!
Amidst the battle lines drawn between the education establishment and reformers, we often lose sight that every child attending a charter school does so out of the will of their family. These are conscious decisions made by every family seeking to find the best opportunity for their child. No one should take that away.Read More
“I wanted to be just like my role models: engaging, connected, and passionate. I wanted to do for others what these fine professionals had done for me. I wanted to open the minds of my students by creating personal connections and engaging each student as an individual person and learner.”Read More