ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Veronica Brown-Rios
Why have you decided to teach?
I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my students. Some of the most influential people in my life were my teachers, and I want to be that for students one day.
What subject(s) and grade level(s) do you teach?
I will be teaching ESL to Middle and High School. I will be splitting my time between both Match Schools: 2-3 days a week at the middle school and 2-3 days a week at the high school.
What inspired you to select the school or program you chose?
I was already familiar with Match because of my time with Generation Teach. Match stuck out to me because of how passionate the teachers are. It is easy to tell right away that all the teachers are very invested in their students and want the best for them. They are also just getting their ESL program off the ground, and I am excited to help be a part of that and build that program up.
What did you learn from the job process? Were you asked to submit performance tasks, teach demo lessons, or answer unexpected questions?
I learned that there can be many steps to the job process, especially compared to other professions. Usually, there is an online application with essay questions. If your application sticks out, you will be invited to a phone interview. If that goes well, you will be invited to an on-site interview, which will almost always include a demo lesson. For Match, I was surprised that I was teaching actual students, and I was surprised that they gave me a topic and objective to teach instead of having me make my own.
Do you have any advice for your Teaching Fellow colleagues?
My biggest piece of advice would be to highlight your hands-on teaching experience. Your experience with Generation Teach would be an excellent way to do this because it gives you more classroom experience than many other programs or student-teaching and practicum experiences.
What is your favorite memory from your summer with GT?
My favorite memory of Generation Teach is being observed and getting feedback every day. I also enjoyed my time specifically working with the reading department and the other GT Fellows who were a part of the reading department.
What's happening in your life beyond your exciting new role?
I recently returned from Ecuador where I volunteered teaching English, and I am training for my second half-marathon.