Why have you decided to teach?

A good education is the basis to amazing opportunities in the future. I want to be a part of setting the next generation up for success. I remember the impact some of my teachers had on me. They made tough times bearable, and made me believe I could do anything I wanted. I want to pass that feeling along to my students.

What subject(s) and grade level(s) do you teach?

I’m currently teaching Kindergarten through 3rd grade at Cowell Elementary.

What inspired you to teach the subject you chose?

I chose Denver Literacy Fellows because of the small group instruction. I was nervous about diving in to teaching my own classroom, and this felt like a good fit. 

What did you learn from the job process? Were you asked to submit performance tasks, teach demo lessons, or answer unexpected questions?

I learned to be prepared and trust myself. Denver Literacy Fellows required me to do a short, impromptu demo with a few kindergarteners. I was really nervous, but it turned out great because I was able to use all of the skills GT gave me. 

Do you have any advice for your Teaching Fellow colleagues?

Your coaches are your biggest supporters and great mentors. Don’t be afraid to confide in them or ask for help.

What is your favorite memory from your summer with GT?

I loved running after my students’ bus to say good morning with the fellows. We even had a good morning cheer!

What is happening in your life beyond your exciting current role?

I’m prepping to direct a play this summer called “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.”

Tamarra can be reached at tamarra.nelson96@gmail.com.