Why did you decide to become an educator?
In order to fulfill my undergraduate service learning hours at Marquette University, I volunteered at Urban Day School, and absolutely fell in love with culture and feel of school. Right then and there I knew that I was meant to be in a school community.
What challenges do you face as a teacher?
There’s a line in our Declaration of Excellence that says, “I am not awed by the challenges of reality, but believe that I can change the world and establish my legacy in it.” There is so much going on in Milwaukee now in terms of challenges for educators–high segregation, lots of poverty, just to name a few. I cannot be awed by those challenges, but instead I see myself as a part of the solution. In spite of these challenges, I still come in every day and still give these kids the best education possible.
What have you learned from your scholars?
So much! My scholars have taught me that the spark of learning really does start early on and you can actually see that as a child grows and goes on to accomplish things later in life
How would you describe the MCP culture?
It is a “no excuses” culture. It is a culture of striving for excellence, but also a culture of community, of making good choices, and of using each day to the fullest. We are all very community-based—we build each other up and help each other, and by doing this, we are always continuing to push each other and pull each other up.
What’s it like working with other MCP teachers and administrators?
It really feels like a family. We are more than just work colleagues—we are all very close and supportive of each other and want the best for each other.
What’s going on in your classroom on a typical day?
There’s a lot of reading, a lot of writing, a lot of joy factor. I’m always striving to make learning exciting and fun, to get scholars to ask questions, talk with each other, and solve problems together without too much guidance.
How do you reach out to scholars who are struggling?
The most important thing for me is to form relationships with scholars and let them know that I am there for them, and that I believe in them.
Why should someone work at MCP?
It’s just a wonderful environment to come to work in every single day. It truly is a community of learning and leadership, and a wonderful place to be a part of. You feel supported here; we do everything we can to make learning fun and energetic. For me, to come and work in a place that every day is fun and exciting and new –what could be better?