What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
Coronado High School English teacher/ newspaper adviser/ yearbook adviser.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
Working with students in grades 9-12, I help develop a journalistically and ethically sound program, produce nine issues of the newspaper per year and one yearbook, help kids to build team and self for future success, and teach financial independence through the business sides of the newspaper and yearbook.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I’m beginning my third year as teacher and newspaper adviser and first year as yearbook adviser. I graduated from Coronado High School in 1990.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Watching students meet a challenge head-on, maybe unsure at first, yet determined to succeed... and they do. Helping them to realize that no matter what they come to class with – family troubles/life challenges – they can choose to be successful in my classroom. It’s up to them.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I would love to see the community more involved with the day-to-day functioning of the paper/yearbook. While the economy is tough, all-around basic supplies (i.e. cameras, batteries, photo cards, etc.) are more difficult to purchase, given recent district budget cuts.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I didn’t realize I would care so much or become so attached. It really affects me when students choose not to complete assignments. I am crushed. It hurts that they would care so little about their own potential that they would walk away from obligations that could lead to further opportunities.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The community/culture, the high expectations for success and the sense of pride in who you are.
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