May 18

May 2017 Educator of the Month Jackie Carmona

Why are you a teacher?

Honestly, I’ve always enjoyed math and helping/tutoring/teaching others math. Every time I thought I wanted to change my major, I started interning or tutoring and always came back to the idea of being a teacher. I love teaching math and helping my students build confidence that they can also “math”.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is the relationships that you get to build with your students. Teaching is way more than just learning the content, but sharing your life experiences and encouraging your students to be a better person and make good choices every day. Oh, and the laughing. I love laughing with my students.

Years teaching?

This will be the end of my 4th year. All of the students that I had when they were freshman are now graduating. It’s a bittersweet year.

 

What do you do in your spare/free time?

I love everything to do with plants, crafting, and nature. So my best days are spent outdoors decorating a new pot for new plant or hiking in nature. I also love my cuddling with dogs – they’re the best!

Fun fact – about you.

I’m the first in my family to be born in the U.S.A. I am also the first to have graduated from college.

What does being a member of the Vacaville Teachers Association mean to you?

Being a member of VTA means that I am part of organization of caring and resourceful teachers that enjoy getting together to have a good time.

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