At the end of this school year, I will have been working at Alief Taylor High School for three years. It seems like yesterday that I stepped into my classroom. When I did, I had no idea what to expect.
First, it was high school; I had only taught high school for a year before coming. Second, the culture of the school was different than any other I had experienced. Third, I didn’t know how I would be accepted.
I want to tell you that these past three years have been extremely fruitful years. They’ve been fruitful both personally and professionally. There is no doubt that working at Taylor and being trained in Alief ISD has played a major role in my growth.
You need to know that there certainly have been challenging days. There have also been days when I wanted to throw in the towel out of frustration. But,
in spite of because of those frustrating days, I have become a stronger person and educator. I have learned how to respond wisely to situations instead of using other ineffective responses. Most importantly, I have grown to deeply love Alief.
I love my co-workers. I love my students. I love the administration at Taylor. I love the people who work in the admin building. I love teaching in Alief ISD.
This past Monday our district’s superintendent HD Chambers came to visit us. He gave a compelling talk to us about how much he wanted us to stay and work hard for the students to make a difference in their lives. He talked about how hard he is working with his staff to make Alief ISD a force for positive change. He reminded me of the times I’ve heard him and others say, “Alief by choice.”
With all that said, it’s a great feeling when you can honestly say that you work somewhere by choice. Thursday I got to go in and sign my contract for next year and I did it…by choice! I’m looking forward to next year and making a difference in the lives of students.
Also, I’m looking to making a difference in the Alief Community. There isn’t much I can share about what that looks like at this point, but I ask you to pray. Please pray that God will continue to guide Maritza and me as we seek what God would have for us regarding making a difference in Alief. I know that sounds cliché, but we would seriously be thankful for you to pray for us. More details will be coming in the future.