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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Success Stories, Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Carlos Navarro, Uplift Luna Preparatory

8th grade health and physical education teacher Carlos Navarro was nominated for a teacher spotlight by his Impact Manager Summerlin Northrup. Summerlin shared, “Mr. Navarro built strong relationships with his students from the start of the year. On my first encounters observing his class, I watched him welcome each student with a unique secret handshake.  He is an example of a teacher focused on learning about his students and making sure that the bonds he has with them are strong, and because of this, the Roadmap to Success material was well received in his classes. It was exciting to listen as Mr. Navarro’s students asked him questions that they probably were not comfortable sharing with all of their teachers, and that is when the magic of the program really happens.” Read on to learn more about Mr. Navorro’s experience with the Roadmap to Success!   Alma Mater: Dallas Baptist University Area of Study: M.Ed. in Kinesiology Favorite College Memory: Hearing family cheer me on as I received my diploma....

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Success Stories, Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Janet Maher, Immaculate Conception School

Math and science teacher Janet Maher at Immaculate Conception School was nominated for a teacher spotlight by her Impact Manager Summerlin Northrup. “I have had the privilege of being the Impact Manager at Immaculate Conception and it has been a joy to watch Mrs. Maher facilitate the material with her 7th and 8th grade students,” Summerlin shared. “Mrs. Maher makes the content enjoyable and relatable for her students by adding in funny anecdotes and showing students videos like what not to do in an interview. Mrs. Maher’s students have fun in her class, and she is one of those teachers that students say, ‘Yes, I have Mrs. Maher’s class next!’ and they look forward to coming to her class. Those teachers are rare to come by, and we are lucky to have her teaching Roadmap to Success!”   Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington Area of Study: Physical Education with a certification for all Elementary (1-8) subjects Favorite College Memory: During college, I really enjoyed going out to...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Adrienne McCann-Cook

Returning Roadmap to Success teacher Adrienne McCann-Cook always has additional insight and stories to share with her students about her personal educational journey and path to college. “Mrs. McCann-Cook truly believes in her students and wants them to accomplish their biggest hopes and dreams. She is constantly working with students to help them understand how they can be successful and find the perfect high school, college and career fit for their interests, skills and needs,” shares Summerlin Northrup, the Impact Manager for W.H. Gaston Middle School. Read on to hear inspiring stories from her classroom! Grade Taught: 6-8 Subject Taught: College & Career Readiness and AVID Alma Mater: Bachelors of Arts from UTD in Literary Studies and Education Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, Literary Studies, UTA Area of Study: Literary Studies and Education Favorite College Memory: My favorite college memory was the day I won a writing contest and found out that my short story, based on my own life was going to be published in the college’s annual...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Teacher Spotlight | 0 comments

Sharing a passion for college: the Uplift Peak Roadmap team

At Uplift Peak Preparatory, a team of four teachers implement the Roadmap to Success program. The Peak teachers share a passion for helping their scholars get to college! The Peak Roadmap team: Maddie Davis, Caroline Harris, Kathlyn Carney, David McLeod. Read on below for their personal interviews and stories of impact from their experience teaching the Roadmap to Success program. David McLeod Grade Taught: 8th Subject Taught: Science Alma Mater: University of Texas in Arlington Area of Study: Exercise Science Favorite College Memory: Waiting for my name to be called during graduation. Why did you choose to become a teacher? To be honest, I didn’t know what I was getting into at the beginning. I was told this would be an ideal profession for me, so I tried it. I am glad someone took a chance on me. Teaching not only gives me a challenge and joy, it also gives me a purpose to get out of bed every morning knowing I can make a positive impact in the...

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