Learn more about Lupe Chavez, our first teacher resident @ Caliber: Beta Academy (Lower School) and why she chose Caliber!
All about Lupe Chavez: Teacher Resident @ Caliber: Beta Academy:
"I am a proud Richmond native. Since I was young, I have always dreamt of becoming an elementary school teacher. It has always been in my heart to help children who come from a similar background as me and to make a difference in the lives of children that need it the most. My desire to teach and share my culture and language is something that I value. Giving kids the opportunity to connect and learn who they are is something I want them to embrace."
A recent interview with Lupe:
Tell me more about your experience as a teacher resident at Caliber: Beta Academy:
“Coming into the teaching world, I had no idea how to lesson plan, set up a positive classroom environment or any of the ins and outs of what it means to becoming a successful and effective teacher. The Alder program has given me the confidence and tools I need to do this amazing work. The work teachers do is very meaningful and the residency program is helping me become the effective teacher I need to be!"
What is your favorite thing about the Caliber school community?
“I really like the people here. The teachers are extremely welcoming and just very kind. Everyday that I come to work, I feel comfortable and welcomed, it's the everyday experience of feeling like part of the school community. ”
Why did you chose to do your teaching residency at Caliber: Beta Academy?
“I am from Richmond, so I was drawn to giving back to my community and to serving students that mirror who I am and who can I can relate to.”
What has been your favorite lesson or memory with your students?
“Well, one of the greatest memories I have had was during recess. The kids were playing kickball and I decided to join them. I used to play soccer- I don’t think they were expecting me to kick the ball hard, and I hit the ball super hard and far! All the kids were excited and jumped up and down. They were all giving me high five's and yelling “MS. CHAVEZ, I didn't know you could kick so hard!”
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
“I LOVE sports. I started playing soccer when I was 7 and continued playing all through junior college @ Contra Costa College in San Pablo. My soccer teammates called me “Trucker”.”