Meet Henry, Fellow since 2003.

Why did you decide to become a Fellow?
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of
students that come from the same community
as myself. I wanted to change students’ negative perception about mathematics. I wanted to be a role model. And my prior occupation was no longer rewarding, even though the salary and perks were great. I also wanted to secure a Master’s degree.

 

You've been teaching for over five years now. What keeps you inspired?
I work at a middle school in the South Bronx, and almost 100 percent of the students at my school are eligible for free or reduced lunch.  These are all poor, smart, and capable kids.  They want to learn, and with the right guidance,  they can all perform at high levels. They absolutely keep me motivated. I care  deeply for each of my students. I want the best for them. I know from firsthand experience the impact education has on your life, and I work  hard to instill the value of education in my  students. Therefore, I invest a lot of time in the present so that their futures have no  boundaries. When they leave me at the end of 7th grade, they are in a better academic  position. Every year, the majority of my  students earn the highest level score on the New York State mathematics exam. There are  a lot of reasons I love teaching, but the bottom line is that results like these keep me driven to teach.