While I have always been a very reflective person, this year has me looking back in my entire experience as a classroom teacher. There have been many struggles and many tears, but there has also been overwhelming joy. I am incredibly proud of the work I've done and the difference I've made. My students are incredible people who have helped me to grow not only professionally, but also personally.
After graduation on Wednesday, I will finish transitioning to the role of Professional Development Partner in the Student Services department of Denver Public Schools. I believe this work will push me use my skills to create materials that better honor the precious commodity of time so many teachers desperately fight to preserve. Above all, I am excited to use my expertise to help the many amazing teachers and students throughout the district. Below is a video reflection I recorded for an online community called Project Cam Opener #ProjCO. No words can fully capture all of the thinking and emotions I am feeling right now but it provides a start. Regardless of where my future takes me, I will always be a Lincoln Lancer.
Thank you so much for all of your support and for following my reflections as a classroom teacher. I plan to continue reflecting on my work in my new role and bring additional insights into how I am working to improve teacher PD. Have a great summer!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.