ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Julia Segovia Reyes
Why have you decided to teach?
I decided to teach because I wanted to leave a positive impact on students. I grew up in an area in Rialto, CA where low-income students had little to no opportunity nor role models who looked like them. I want to be a mirror for these students and I want them to know that they do have opportunities.
What subject(s) and grade level(s) do you teach?
I am a math interventionist for 5th and 6th grade students.
What inspired you to select the school or program you chose?
What stood out to me the most was the school's mission towards becoming anti-racist.
What did you learn from the job process? Were you asked to submit performance tasks, teach demo lessons, or answer unexpected questions?
I learned many things throughout the job process! I learned what I wanted from a job.
During the interview, I was asked to take a practice ELA test (I was hired for ELA) and I also had to prepare a lesson and teach it in front of 3 8th graders and the assistant principal at the time. I also had time to observe other classrooms.
Do you have any advice for your Teaching Fellow colleagues?
I think the advice I would give is to really follow what you want.
What is your favorite memory from your summer with GT?
I think my favorite memory from GT is the last day. On the last day, the Teaching Fellows sang and danced in front of the students! I thought it was super cool.
What is happening in your life beyond your exciting current role?
I am currently a BU Grad student. Majoring in Curriculum and Teaching with a track in English as a Second Language (ESL) for grades 5-12.
Julia can be reached at Juliasegovia13@gmail.com.