University of Houston & Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Business Administration & Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Why did you choose education as your career?
I left the heavy equipment service industry to become a teacher because I felt that I could help students better enter the workforce and be a role model for them before they enter the workforce. So, with the encouragement of my family, I pursued certification and changed careers.
What is your key to success in the classroom?
My key to success in the classroom is being able to help students understand what they can become and achieve in their adult careers. I also help to guide them in finding what they believe will lead to a happy and successful career, which will help them become happy and successful adults. I try to get them to understand that there are very few obstacles that can stop them from success but they have to work for it.
How do you engage students?
I try to engage my students using real life scenarios. Sometimes, I draw on my life and share with them some things I have encountered. Then we analyze what I did and ways I could have done better. I use this for other life scenarios as well. I believe that if I can make them think ahead far enough and weigh outcomes they will be able to succeed in their goals.
What do you love about teaching?
I love talking to my students. We all come from different backgrounds and have different histories. Getting to know them and watching them grow is very rewarding. I love being able to reach out to them and help them see life from a different perspective hoping that they will make the right decisions for their future.