2018 Carver Dual Language Teacher of the Year

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NAME: Dr. Providencia Rivera

SCHOOL: Carver Dual Language Elementary

GRADE/SUBJECT: Kindergarten

WHAT MOTIVATED YOUR CAREER IN EDUCATION?

“As teachers, we must believe in what we are doing and know why we are doing it. “Why is this important?” Why do I have to teach this to my students? How is this knowledge going to help them in their lives?  If we ourselves do not know why it matters, then how can we expect the students to know why they have to learn the material? Caring about the content is the easy part. Harder, scarier, and yet far more important than my enthusiasm and passion about a topic, is my willingness to care about my students; to truly, deeply, honestly, care and to give myself to them, to believe in their ability to learn, even if they do not.”

WHAT MESSAGE ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION DO YOU WANT SHARE?

“In addition, I have learned that, despite all my degrees and my hard work, what really matters is that I genuinely care about all of my students. I not only care about teaching the content but I care about them and their families. Children can tell when teachers care about them and when we want what is best for them.

 

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