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May Teachers of the Month: Robert T. Hill Middle School

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

We are excited to highlight the teaching team at Robert T. Hill Middle School as the Team of the Month for May! Hill’s Impact Manager, Courtney Fadley, chose to highlight Hill. Courtney shared with the Hill team that she chose to highlight them because “as a team, you all rallied around our program from the very beginning. It is not often that we have schools start in January and complete as much of the program as you all have, especially with 6th graders! You all have taken the opportunity to encourage, engage, and empower the young minds of your students with information that is so crucial to their futures. I love being ears and eyes in your classrooms as you facilitate the program. The following quote from one of your 6th graders is such a great picture of what you all as social studies teachers bring to our program. ‘Success to me means that you can do something you actually like doing and maybe even being able to travel around the world.'” The teaching team at Hill Middle School: Ms. Neal, Mr. Jarvis and Ms. Eldred Not pictured: Mr. Smajlovic Read on to learn more about team lead Ms. Neal! The team lead at Hill is Ms. Neal, a 6th grade World Cultures teacher. Alma Mater: Texas Women’s University Area of Study: Art History Favorite College Memory: While at TWU, I loved having the freedom to decide what I wanted to make of my future. College is where I was able to discover who I truly was as an individual. Why did you choose to become a teacher? I have an undying passion for helping students achieve their dreams and overcome everyday obstacles. As a teacher, I am able to reach many students on a daily basis and do what I absolutely love. Share a quote you find inspiring. “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” –Jerry Gilles What is one thing you like most about your 6th grade social studies team? As a 6th grade Social Studies team, we are able to work together and to achieve the same goal which is creating life long...

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April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

This month Education Opens Doors is thrilled to highlight one of our unique partnerships. Not all Roadmap to Success teachers are traditional classroom teachers! Our April mentor of the month is JJ Ponce, a mentor with  Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM). AEM works to inspire and encourage young men and women to excel academically, professionally and, ultimately, in their communities. Mentors utilize the Roadmap to Success to encourage students to find and develop their passion, support students as they navigate through high school and transition into college, assist with college applications and funding and developing interpersonal skills. We’re excited to share more about their work and one of their fantastic mentors, JJ! Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington & Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Area of Study: Business & Law Favorite College Memory: Graduation, no question. This is not because I was done with school, I had already planned to go to law school thereafter. Graduation for me was the culmination of many years of hard work. Why did you choose to become a mentor? I believe in mentoring because we can help the next generation with some of the most important decisions of their lives. Our students are tomorrow’s leaders. They will shape our workplace and our world. Hopefully the work we do can help positively change their lives and the communities they live in. Share a quote you find inspiring! “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program ​Choosing Your Path – because figuring this part out allows us to determine what the students goals are so we can begin planning to achieve...

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March Teacher of the Month

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach and her favorite Roadmap to Success lesson! Alma Mater: Paul Quinn College, Bachelors and Prairie View A&M University, Masters Area of Study: Bachelors-Elementary Education, Masters-Education Administration Favorite College Memory: My favorite college memory has nothing to do with education. My college roommate and I rode the bus downtown to Dallas’s Deep Ellum for a night of fun. She, not being from Dallas, and I, not being from Texas, had no idea about bus schedules. When we were done having our college fun, we missed the last bus to return to the train that would take us to a bus that would eventually take us to the campus. Because no busses were running at the time, we had to walk from Deep Ellum to the train station in the wee hours of the morning. It was the scariest fun we ever experienced. Why did you choose to become a teacher? When I first arrived to college, I chose to pursue Business Management. One of my professors had given an assignment to read a chapter of text in preparation for the next class session. The next class session arrived and the professor had us read the required chapter aloud in class. At that moment, I was wondering why we didn’t discuss what we were supposed to read. I felt that we were supposed to apply the principles we learned in the reading. But, we didn’t. At that moment, I realized that I could do it better. I realized that I could teach in a way that students could apply the learning. Share a quote you find inspiring! In my humble opinion, my job as an educator is to equip students with as much knowledge as I can in hopes that it is combined with the guidance of their parents to help mold students into their future selves. Parents can only give advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. -Anne Frank What is your favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? I really enjoyed the lesson where the students learned to calculate their GPA. When the students were placed in teams to play basketball, we were so loud, the administrators and security personnel had to check in on us to make sure no one was injured! Yes, the game was fun, but most importantly, the students understood the importance of class selection and how their hard-earned grades have...

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Roadmap to Success in action at L.V. Stockard Middle School

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Events, Success Stories | 0 comments

Education Opens Doors recently hosted a site visit at L.V. Stockard Middle School, where the Roadmap to Success began! Site visits are a way for donors, potential partners and community members to visit a school that implements the Roadmap to Success and see the program in action. Guests also have the opportunity to speak to students, teachers and administrators of the program to hear about their experiences and get a first-hand account of the assets and some of the challenges they face on their campus. Mr. Varrassi, the principal at Stockard, kicked off the day by discussing his role on campus (he is in his second year as principal), how the Roadmap to Success is implemented and some other middle school highlights. He also talked about the feeder high school that Stockard feeds into and the Business Technology program offered there. Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder shared some of her personal story and the history of Education Opens Doors at Stockard, the school where she taught as a Teach for America corps member and where the Roadmap to Success was originally conceived. One of the best things about a site visit is getting to hear from students themselves. We tell the story of Education Opens Doors proudly, but our students make the program come alive. At Stockard we had six students join us for a panel discussion. Alejandra shared that math isn’t really her thing, but after starting the program she learned how much of each subject she would need in her career and it’s helped motivate her to turn her assignments in on time. Cassey talked about how the Roadmap to Success has pushed her to stay in her pre-AP classes so she can be ahead when she gets to high school. Several of the students are planning to apply to high schools of choice; they all have big dreams, from being a dance teacher or veterinarian to pursuing electrical engineering and law. Following the student panel, we visited two classrooms and observed two lessons in action: “Why Go to College” and “Paying for College.” In both classrooms guests were able to wander around and view the lesson in action, engage with students and observe what the Roadmap to Success curriculum looks like in person. Our campus team closed the day strong with a stakeholder panel where teacher-advocate Ms. Stone was joined by 7th grade Assistant Principal Ms. Bachlet Smith and Stockard’s impact manager, Sandra Godina. Ms. Smith’s words describing the culture shift on the Stockard campus were very powerful. Because of the conversations that students are having as a part of the program, the 7th graders now have a mindset that “I know I can go to college.” This increased aspiration is a huge part of why Education Opens Doors exists, and it was exciting to hear about the impact happening at Stockard. Many thanks to the entire team at L.V. Stockard Middle School for a great...

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January Student of the Month

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Our January student of the month is Tamika, an 11th grader at Houston Can Academy Southwest. She has big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur after high school and to study at Sam Houston State University- read on to hear more about how her experience with the Roadmap to Success is helping her get there! What do you plan to do after high school? After high school, getting a better understanding of business and marketing is my ultimate goal. I would like to learn as much as I can to pass down what I know freely to young individuals like me who are trying to accomplish being independent for themselves and create something much more than just a dream and a hope but a legacy that works and can be carried on to others. What kind of job would you like to have in the future? Being an entrepreneur is what I plan to be in the future. Working for myself and on my own time has always been one of my goals. Working for yourself you have way more time to enjoy the things you love to do and spend time with your family and children. What is your favorite Roadmap to Success lesson and why? Practicing professionalism. This lesson breaks down how important it is to be professional no matter what crowd of people you are around. Surround yourself with positive people because their good habits will rub off on you. Having a good personality could also open a lot of doors for you with any career you’re trying to get into. It teaches you the ways of networking, using your vocabulary in the correct way, showing your intelligence and ability to be a fast learner. What is the most important thing you learned from Roadmap to Success? Apply hard work and dedication to accomplish what you want. Make a game plan first so you won’t be lost but you have a solid plan to take the steps that you need to...

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January Teacher of the Month

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Our January Roadmap to Success teacher of the month is Mr. Haroon, a 7th grade Texas Studies teacher from Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Mr. Haroon ends each class by asking, “What are we spreading?” His students respond, “Joy!” He lives this creed each day by preparing his students to be college ready. During our Roadmap to Success lesson he shares his personal stories of success and failure to bring real life  into his classroom. Read on for a behind-the-scenes interview with this inspiring educator! Alma Mater: University of Houston Area of Study (major/minor): Cultural Anthropology/African American Studies Favorite college memory: Giving lectures alongside my professors Why did you choose to become a teacher? I saw a need for more positive male role models in society. What is your favorite quote? Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. What is your favorite activity/lesson in the Roadmap to Success program?...

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December Student of the Month

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Our December student of the month, Paula, hails from Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, ISD. Paula has accomplished a lot in her 8th grade year, including: Leading a team of students to interview the Founder and Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, and writing the questions that the students asked during the interview Helping her classmates design their resumes Representing her high school at the CHISD Extravaganza and showcasing Roadmap to Success Above, Paula, pictured with her teachers Ms. Cowan and Ms. Landry. Paula has big plans for her future. Check out her interview below!  What do you plan to do after high school?  After high school, I plan on going to college and majoring in psychology. What college do you want to go to? University of Texas, Austin or Texas A&M University What kind of job would you like to have in the future? I would like to have a job revolving around psychology. What is your favorite Roadmap to Success lesson and why? My favorite lesson is found in Unit 2 titled “Types of High Schools” because it shows me that there’s not only many options for college but also high school. What is the most important thing you have learned from Roadmap to Success? In both high school and college there is a large variety of options to choose...

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December Teachers of the Month

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Success Stories | 0 comments

This month, we’re excited to shine the spotlight on Dallas Can Oak Cliff. There are four Roadmap teachers at Dallas Can Oak Cliff: Mr. Barry, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Price, and Ms. Alvarez. Their impact manager chose to highlight them because they work as a teacher team and do so successfully. They also have a lot of fun with their teaching. A few weeks ago during “Interview Etiquette” they created a fashion show with “Do’s and Don’ts” for interview outfits. They really go above and beyond for their kids, and we’re honored to have them on the EOD team! Pictured above: in the first row Ms. Cooper and Ms. Alvarez; in the second row Ms. Price and Mr. Barry Spotlight on: Ms. Cooper
, 10-12 grade Business and Credit Recovery teacher! Alma Mater: Texas A&M
 University Area of Study: Business Administration Management Favorite College Memory: Being able to work from home from AIU, and having great teachers and accomplishing my dream at Texas A&M. Why did you choose to become a teacher? I didn’t in the beginning. I wanted to work in a lab, but working with students is all I have ever done. I love it!!!! Share a quote you find inspiring: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West What is your favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? My favorite was when we dressed for job or college interviews. Spotlight on: Ms. Alvarez, 10-12 grade Credit Recovery teacher! Alma Mater: Texas Woman’s University Area of Study: Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics Favorite College Memory: Creating good friendships with people of different backgrounds as well as sitting in class ready to take notes! Why did you choose to become a teacher? I chose to become a teacher because it was an opportunity to help students graduate and be a good resource to them. Share a quote you find inspiring: A couple of quotes I find inspiring are by Einstein and Hippocrates. “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” What is your favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? My favorite activity in Roadmap to Success program is when the students are engaged in an activity where they learn new things and are surprised by the facts they learn. Spotlight on: Ms. Price, 12th grade Credit Recovery teacher! Alma Mater: University of North Texas Area of Study: Criminal Justice Favorite College Memory: Graduation Why did you choose to become a teacher? To impact high school aged kids, to be someone they can relate to, and share my experiences with the hopes that they will take those experiences and use wisdom to decide the right choices in life. Share a quote you find inspiring: “We rise by lifting others.”  What is your favorite lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? Interviewing etiquette and professional dress. Spotlight on: Mr. Barry, 9-12 grade Business Information Management
 teacher! Alma Mater: Dillard University/B.A.; SMU/M.P.A. Area of Study: Management/Public Administration Favorite College Memory: Defending my Master’s thesis
. Why did you choose to become a teacher? To help others. Share a quote you find inspiring: It’s not personal-just business
. What is your favorite activity/ lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? Internship and...

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November Student of the Month

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Announcing Breanna, our November student of the month! Breanna is our first featured student of the month for the 2016-2017 school year. She is a seventh grader and attends Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Read on to learn a little more about her plans for the future! What do you plan to do after high school?  I would like to attend a good college that is close to home. What college do you want to attend? I think a good college for me would be SMU because it is near home and has a paleontology program. What kind of job would you like to have in the future? I would love to be a paleontologist because I have always had a fascination with dinosaurs. What is the most important thing you have learned from Roadmap to Success? It is important to attend college because you may have a better chance at a higher paying career. Congratulations, Breanna! We look forward to hearing about your future studies in...

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November Teacher of the Month

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Success Stories | 0 comments

We are so excited to be featuring our first teacher of the month for the 2016-2017 school year! For November we’re highlighting Gregory Charles Cross, a 7th grade Texas History teacher at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School. Mr. Cross was nominated to be Teacher of the Month for his strong commitment to the Roadmap to Success program, and his consistently amazing classes! Alma Mater: Grambling State University Area of Study (major/minor): Business/Philosophy Favorite college memory: Hanging out with my fraternity brothers at homecoming. Why did you choose to become a teacher?  To be a role model, and enhance the intellectual aspirations of inner city students. What is your favorite quote?  “You will never may a discovery if you’re afraid to make a mistake.” What’s your favorite activity/lesson in the Roadmap to Success program? My students’ favorite activity is the basketball game, during the lesson where they learn about college athletics and what requirements (academic and otherwise) you have to meet to play. “What is GPA” is my favorite lesson in the Roadmap to Success...

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