Q&A With Geometry Teacher Ms. Gonzalez

By Savannah Abshire | Reporter


Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: About 10 years.

Q: Why did you choose to start teaching?

A: When I went to college, I saw other students struggle with the math classes and I was always helping people around. One of the professors used to ask me to go to the front of the classroom to explain some of the problems to the other students. The professor suggested that I would be a good teacher because I can break complicated problems into simple steps and explain the process very well.

Q: What are some of the previous schools that you have taught at?

A: Secondary Math Teacher at Upward Bound Program of Turabo University (Caguas, Puerto Rico)

Secondary Math Teacher at Pedro Albizu Campos Intermediate School (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico)

Middle School  Math Teacher at Carmen D. Ortiz Middle School (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico)

Secondary Math Teacher at Urban High School of Aguas Buenas (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico)

Q: Why did you choose to teach at Avon?

A: I moved to Indianapolis on November 2017 and got my license to teach at Indiana as soon as I could. By January, Avon High School gave me the opportunity to become part of  Indiana’s educational community. It is an honor to work here because I feel that the environment at Avon High School is what educators and students need to succeed. It has been a very rewarding experience so far. I hope that students can benefit from my contributions as a teacher.

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?

A: To see the eyes of the students when they get things right and to change the vision that students have about math. Also, to be able to promote the message that as in any other discipline, responsibility in the math class is the key factor to a good outcome. Achieving good results in math should be challenging, but not impossible.

Q: How do you connect with your students?

A: I try to learn their names and to understand their learning styles. I believe that when they have proper tools and skills that are in tune with their way of learning they will feel better when working on the class and as a result, they can learn more.

Q: Did you always want to be a teacher? What inspired you to be a teacher?

A: No. I finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences before I entered a program in the education field, I decided that teaching was natural in me and now I love what I do.

 

Q: Have you enjoyed teaching at Avon? What has been your favorite thing about teaching?

A: I focus on small tasks. I change the dynamics of the class so it will not be monotone and I am respectful to all my students. I try to promote the importance of responsibility and accountability in order to get a good outcome from our efforts. I try to be understanding and flexible so students can compete their work and do not quit on the process.

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