I was a TFA corps member in the ’07 Los Angeles corps. I left my school after my first year due to ineffectiveness and exhaustion, but became a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the next year while finishing my credential at Loyola Marymount University in their traditional credentialing program. I took my first job post graduation with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program, working as an assistant language teacher in Kobe, Japan. I am now a long term substitute and support teacher at a charter school in Chula Vista, CA.
I still believe in TFA’s motto that one day all children in America will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. I plan to continue what I started when I joined the ’07 corps.
I am concerned with the direction that the education reform movement is currently heading, specifically with test based accountability, and I am concerned about TFA’s role in that movement.
The most important value that I have learned in the last five years is humility.