FC: Brittney Ruiz-Esparza
1: I was born in California but shortly after my mom, brother and I moved to Michoacan, Mexico. | I was mainly raised by my mom and Abuelita until I was six. Among other things they taught me the value of family and community.
2: We lived in a small town where everyone relied on each other to live. I remember my Abuelita had me take milk to the tortilleria to trade for tortillas for dinner.
3: Teamwork is very important to me even now and I tend to have close relationships with friends and coworkers . | I think building school spirit and a sense of community is not only important to the school but to show kids they are in a secure environment.
4: When we moved to the states I was way ahead in math but way behind in Reading and writing. Although I knew how to speak English from my mother, I had never seen it on paper. | We moved to Azle, Texas and here I spent the rest of my school years.
5: I can relate to the students that come and see English for the first time. The overwhelming feeling of getting pulled out of class to work on skills that others seem to possess so easily.
6: My 4th Grade teacher, Ms. Nelson was the best teacher I ever had and I remember more stuff from her class than any of my classes combined. | Ms. Nelson added dimension to her teaching by using hands on activities.
7: Creating fun hands-on activities is one of the most important aspects in my philosophy statements. | We would decorate the classroom in the aspects we are learning about..like the rain forest. This really gets the class involved in what they are learning about. | I remember making a constellation tent and independently reading under it. It provided us time to independently read and learn about stars.
8: Throughout Junior high and High school I was on the track and cross country team as well as the bowling team. Coach Dennis was my coach for all 6 years.
9: Coach Dennis taught me more than just competition and self will. She taught us how to be responsible for our actions. | She taught us to love ourselves, others and the environment. | She introduced us to service-learning projects with us like cleaning the lake, picking up trash and the importance of staying on paths through the park.
10: In 2006, I started my college career at UTSA. I started as a History undergraduate students so that I could teach high school, but during a mentoring program I realized that I wanted to help kids through these rough but yet exciting years of middle school.
11: The education classes at UTSA have really done a good job preparing me for real world scenarios of teaching. | It just feels natural for me to be in front of students. I picked middle school because I love this age group of kids. They are talkative and eager to make the world a better place which makes my job easier.
12: It is important for me to keep up with technology and utilize the new
14: My love for the outdoors influences my everyday life and will influence the environment of my classroom.
15: I am a strong believer in natural light, plants and music to feel comfortable in the classroom.