Teaching is my passion. I am a committed and dedicated teacher. I have high expectation for every student I teach. I find joy in seeing my students reach their potential and feel good about themselves and know they can do anything with hard work!
[Below is an exceprt from my journal in 2007. This is why I love teaching!]
In my 6th grade math class, I have a student named John. In the beginning of the year, John would always say "I'm stupid. I'm stupid..." He would sit in the back of my class and draw a Spiderman instead of doing math problems. He usually got 20s and 30s on tests. He was one of the lowest performing students in my class.
Before the winter break I sat down and talked with him about his academic performance in the class. He was failing the class. John listened to me with a serious look on his face. He seemed to understand my concerns for him. At the end of the talk, John promised that he will do his best in the class from now on. In return, I promised him that I will do anything in my power to help him pass the class and the state test. Ever since the promise, John has been coming up during lunch and staying after school for extra help. I even tutored him during the spring break. John's usual comments like "I don't understand this. It's too hard!" turned into "Woah, this is easy! Ms. Jyung, can you give me more problems like this?"
Recently my students had a unit test on decimals. After the test, John came up to me and asked me if I could grade his test NOW! I started grading his test with him sitting next to me. Check after check... I saw John glowing. He got 92 on the test!! John was so happy that he didn't stop smiling for the rest of the day. He kept saying, "I'm gonna tell my dad! I'm gonna tell my dad my grade!" I was so happy for John and so, so proud of him.
The next day, John came to my class with a green folder in his hand. He handed it to me shyly. I opened the folder and noticed a blue paper with "Certificate of Appreciate" written on! John had made the certificate for me. It was signed and dated with his not-so-neat, but unique hand writing. I was utterly amazed and touched. John helped me realize and believe that changes are possible... and beautiful.