I recently decided to change my career after working in Corporate America for 30 years. It is my second year teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at Sacaton Middle School within the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) in Sacaton, Arizona. I am still excited and feeling positive about my career change! This year I feel much more equipped to make a difference in the academic lives of my students. I have set the bar higher than last year to stretch my students. They know what is expected of them and they are showing me significant effort.
My mission is to educate, motivate and support my student’s reading growth (vocabulary and comprehension skills) significantly by the end of the school year.
Also, it is my 2nd year as a student in the Teaching Internship program at Rio Salado Community College. Although I previously earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Management, I needed specific courses to be a certified teacher. So I did what I needed to do to become provisionally certified until I successfully complete the pedagogy curriculum at the college. I’m in an accelerated program that requires many hours per week in addition to my classroom teaching. I decided to start this blog to capture and share my experiences and all that I am learning.
Why is this site named p3 Education? Well, my life story has been about pain, passion, and purpose (p3). There will be more about that in subsequent posts. However, I will say now that the students I serve in the classroom are fulfilling my purpose. On many levels I relate to my students and I am passionate about helping them succeed. I understand the challenges that many of them face today; I want to positively contribute to their lives.
I hope to connect with other teachers on a similar mission along the way.