Can you tell us about yourself?
Hello, my name is Yvonne Albarran, I work at Patterson elementary. I am a fourth-grade, math science, and social studies, bilingual teacher. I have been here for, this is my first year at this school, but I taught previously for three years at a different school, in a different district.
Why did you start a career in education?
I started my career in education because I figured that I love kids. I like helping people, so I gave it a try by becoming an instructional paraprofessional and I loved it. So I went back to school, got my teaching certification and here I am.
If I could have any other job, what would it be and why?
If I could have any other job I would growing up. I wanted to be a nurse because I like helping people. But I quickly found out that the medical field, um, blood is not very, it's not my thing. So that's why I changed and decided to do education.
How are kids different than they were 30 years ago?
I would say kids are different now because they're used to having everything so quickly at their fingertips. And for example, when I was in school, that was not the case. We had to research and use books to do that. It wasn't just a few clicks away.
How is teaching different than it was 30 years ago?
In the same aspect, teaching is different now in the sense that we have a lot more resources available to us because of how big technology is nowadays. What would you tell us, tell someone right now that is thinking about becoming a teacher. I would tell them to make sure that this is their passion. It is not an easy job. It takes a lot of work and planning and dedication and heart.
What would you tell someone who wants to become a teacher?
So I would tell someone that was thinking about coming into this field to really make sure that this is something that you want to do, that this is something that you have a heart for that this is something that, um, that you're willing to sacrifice a lot to put time, effort, work, and all of that into, um, in the end, you, you reap the benefits in a sense of, um, that the students are able to demonstrate how much they have grown, how much you have helped them. What is one thing you wish you would change to help kids learn better? Testing, I think testing stresses, kids out, it stresses teachers out. I don't think that it helps them learn in any form. So I think standardized testing would be eliminated if it were up to me. So yeah.
What would you change to help kids learn better?
What is one thing you wish you would change to help kids learn better? Testing, I think testing stresses, kids out, it stresses teachers out. I don't think that it helps them learn in any form. So I think standardized testing would be eliminated if it were up to me. So yeah.