Featured Teacher:
Jessica Jones

October 2nd, 2018

 

Samantha

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Jessica Jones, she’s been teaching for 14 years and currently teaches at not one, but TWO schools— Montgomery City Elementary and Jonesburg Elementary in Missouri. She has taught special education, third grade and art. She not only has a cool superhero name, she’s also a superhero teacher–and a volunteer fire chief!


 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The best advice I got was to leave work at work and recharge by filling my bucket at home. It’s hard to do sometimes, you always have more that you could do as a teacher, but refilling my bucket makes me ready to give it my all.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
My goal is to develop deeper relationships with a few of the struggling students in our school. I want my room to be a safe welcoming place for them. I want to be that one caring adult for them, that could change their life course.

How do you avoid burnout?
I avoid burnout by working hard during the work day and week and make sure to take time off at night and on the weekends as much as possible to spend time with family and friends.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
I love the joy on my kiddos faces as the dig into the work and often get dirty. They love the messy projects!

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Good Morning” by Mandisa

What is your favorite book on education?
I’m currently studying “The Growth Mindset Coach”

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Breathe. Go home at the end of the day. Come back ready soar. It will get easier!

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Outside of the art room, I practice my craft as a photographer, doing family photos, events, and weddings. I also volunteer at the local fire department as the Assistant Fire Chief.

If teaching wasn’t an option, what kind of career would you have?
I would build my photography business more and probably go work as a paid firefighter/EMT.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
The day the paint exploded. I had a young friend open a bottle of orange tempera paint that had clearly gone bad. The paint literally spewed forth like and exploding volcano. All over her, the people around her, the walls, tables, floor, and even ceiling. There is still a lovely splatter of orange on our art room ceiling to this day!

What is your favorite quote?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso. So true!

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I love the visual nature of it. The color coding of the students level of success makes it very easy with a quick glance to see how an individual or class is doing.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
The main thing I hope for my students is to develop a love for the arts. I want to give them possibilities, for future careers, or just for fun!

What is your dream vacation?
I dream of taking a European tour, visiting so many of the places learned about in history and seeing first hand many of the great master artists works.

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I’m a small town girl, hoping to one day live out on the family farm with my little family. Then break away for short periods to travel the globe.


Thanks to our October Featured Teachers! Visit our blog each month to meet other rockstars in the MasteryConnect community.

Featured Teacher:
Megan Cox

September 28th, 2018

 

Samantha

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Megan Cox teachers at Blackridge Elementary in the Greater Salt Lake City area. A nine-year teaching veteran, she’s  taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grades. Read on to learn what she thinks would be her perfect walk-on song!

 


What keeps you excited about teaching?
Learning new things and new ways to teach. The energy of students.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Put in the time now and you will be rewarded for it later.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Learning is important but being kind is what matters most.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
When all else fails, try something new.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Social Services or Business

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Having a difficult student. He didn’t learn much but he grew so much socially. He learned respect and how to calm down. He learned that he MATTERS!

What is your favorite quote?
“It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
Make connections and relationships with more kids.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Socrative

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Reading on my Kindle

What is your dream vacation?
Europe

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
Using tools like MC make our jobs easier. It allows us to focus on the kids. What their true needs are and it allows us to think outside of the box.


Check back often to meet other amazing educators in the MasteryConnect community!

 

Samantha

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet James Mazzarano, math teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts in New York City. Mr. Mazzarano has been teaching grades 9-12 for four years. A college swimmer and diver, read on to see how he channels his inner Yoda to stay excited about teaching.

 


Which subjects have you taught?
Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Algebra II, Honors Geometry, Math and Financial Applications

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
Provide a more student-centered classroom where all students feel safe to participate and collaborate together.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Seeing students succeed in content and life skills I have taught them.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Teaching is not a field you should enter if you are looking for a 100 on every task you are expected to complete. Teaching is about efficiency and willingness to learn and grow.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Monument” – A Day to Remember

What is your favorite book on education?
Front of the Class by Brad Cohen

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Ask questions. If you do not know how to do something, always ask. It is better to ask for help than to “suffer in silence.” Each school has a community of teachers to help and support you.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would be a structural engineer building homes.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
A student and their classmates told me that I am one of the most consistent figures in their lives, and they use what I have taught them every day.

What is your favorite quote?
“Failure, the greatest teacher is.” -Master Yoda

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Data reports by standard.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I want students to learn that you can use math in a variety of ways. They may not take away every concept or topic I cover, but they will take away something.

What is your dream vacation?
Sitting on a beach somewhere tropical listening to the sound of the crashing waves.

What else would you like to share?
I have been a swimmer and a diver most of my life. I swam and dove varsity in middle school and high school, year-round on a USA Swimming team, and swam and dove in college.


Check back often to meet other amazing educators in the MasteryConnect community!