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 my 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 three 8th graders and the assistant principal. 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 trust what you want in a job and in school.
What is your favorite memory from your summer with GT?
I think my favorite memory from GT was the last day of STEAM Academy. 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 grad student at Boston University. I am 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.