Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School.
Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach and her favorite Roadmap to Success lesson!
Alma Mater: Paul Quinn College, Bachelors and Prairie View A&M University, Masters
Area of Study: Bachelors-Elementary Education, Masters-Education Administration
Favorite College Memory: My favorite college memory has nothing to do with education. My college roommate and I rode the bus downtown to Dallas’s Deep Ellum for a night of fun. She, not being from Dallas, and I, not being from Texas, had no idea about bus schedules. When we were done having our college fun, we missed the last bus to return to the train that would take us to a bus that would eventually take us to the campus. Because no busses were running at the time, we had to walk from Deep Ellum to the train station in the wee hours of the morning. It was the scariest fun we ever experienced.
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
When I first arrived to college, I chose to pursue Business Management. One of my professors had given an assignment to read a chapter of text in preparation for the next class session. The next class session arrived and the professor had us read the required chapter aloud in class. At that moment, I was wondering why we didn’t discuss what we were supposed to read. I felt that we were supposed to apply the principles we learned in the reading. But, we didn’t. At that moment, I realized that I could do it better. I realized that I could teach in a way that students could apply the learning.
Share a quote you find inspiring!
In my humble opinion, my job as an educator is to equip students with as much knowledge as I can in hopes that it is combined with the guidance of their parents to help mold students into their future selves.
Parents can only give advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
What is your favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program?
I really enjoyed the lesson where the students learned to calculate their GPA. When the students were placed in teams to play basketball, we were so loud, the administrators and security personnel had to check in on us to make sure no one was injured! Yes, the game was fun, but most importantly, the students understood the importance of class selection and how their hard-earned grades have value.