Jameil Saez Hobson

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 Jameil Saez Hobson, not only is he a science and garden education teacher at Kamaile Academy in Hawai’i, he’s also a green thumb who loves to hike in his free time. He loves the GradeCam feature in MasteryConnect because it saves time on grading so he can focus his energy on empowering students to embrace their identities. Keep reading to see how he avoids burnout and what he considers to be the most memorable moment in his teaching career so far!


How many years have you been teaching?

What grades have you taught?

How do you avoid burnout?
By surrounding myself with amazing people and going to hikes.

Why did you start teaching?
I wanted to empower students in being proud of their identity and not to always question everything. Inquiry is the basis of science and we must always be open to all possibilities.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never compromise your morals or ideals and always fight for was right.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Fuego en la 23 – La Sonora Poncena

What is your favorite book on education?
Igniting the Sparkle – Gregory Cajete

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Be attentive and learn who are the key players at school. Learn from the environment first before trying to do any major project.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Sailing in the Hokule’a with my students.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
I want to travel to Thailand

What is your favorite MC Feature?
100% Gradecam. It’s been so helpful and is one less thing I have to do.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Never quit and remember that they are warriors.


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