Teaching in Philly
I have always had a deep desire to teach mathematics. In high school, my trigonometry teacher pushed me through my fixed mindset of hating math and thinking I would always be terrible with the subject. Fortunately, he encouraged me, pushed me toward deep content understanding, and assured me that experiencing these struggles would only help me to develop understanding with my future students. After the Army relocated my family to the Philadelphia area, I fell in love with the history and vibrancy of the city, quickly feeling a connection to it. Although I took a slight detour during my service in the Army, I was excited to be able to continue serving my community through teaching. What better place to begin this new career than in the city where educators have paved the way for freedom of thought and expression since the inception of our country.
In all honesty, I initially gravitated toward TTR because of its accelerated timeline. After having completed my Bachelors degree nearly ten years prior, I was looking for a masters degree that would allow me to complete it as quickly as possible. Upon further research into several programs in the city, I chose TTR because of the immense amount of support that the program provides to its residents. I enjoyed the idea of getting an entire year of classroom exposure and mentorship before being on my own, and the TTR staff have supported my peers and me through every step of the process.
The Residency Experience
The best part of my TTR experience has been working with my mentor teacher and the rest of the staff at AMY Northwest. I am so fortunate to have been placed with an experienced teacher who is a master in his content, but, more importantly, is well respected by all of his students and colleagues. In addition, the staff at AMY Northwest welcomed me onto the team as one of their own, and I can confidently say that I have been positively affected by their guidance and friendship.
From my first day in the classroom, my mentor treated me as an equal and gave me the freedom to develop my own teaching skills while still guiding me to perfect my practices and learn new strategies. I learn something new every day in my mentor’s classroom, whether it be in the art of teaching, developing good relationships with students, or creating effective working relationships with colleagues.
Being part of a cohort has been very beneficial to my learning process. As we complete all of our classes and residency experience together, you have a “built-in” network of support to help get you through any road bumps or challenges. Our seminar is my favorite class, as it is fun to bounce stories and ideas off of each other. I look forward to having a group of great people to call and reach out to as we make our ways through our first years as newbie teachers.
I’m very anxious to know exactly where I will be teaching; that is the planner in me. I look forward to finding out what grade level I will be teaching so that I can prepare myself and study the content in order to present fresh and exciting lessons to my future students. The spring semester will be over before I know it, and I look forward to planning out my first year over the summer.
TTR in Three
Invigorating, Rewarding, and Fun!
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