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Marcus Smith, Corps Member And Change Maker

Marcus Smith is a DC Region '16 corps member originally from Illinois. He teaches Kindergarten at Achievement Prep in Washington DC, Ward 8! We talked with Marcus to ask him a few questions about his experience as a corps member.

Marcus Smith

By The TFA Editorial Team

February 26, 2018

What is the biggest challenge or surprise you’ve come across in the classroom?

The biggest challenge I’ve come across is the importance of diversified teaching. Every scholar has a different learning preference and emotional background. It was challenging my first year of figuring out how to cater to all of my scholars’ academic and emotional needs. The biggest surprise is the amount of love that scholars have for me and the support from their families.

What do you like to do in your downtime?

In my downtime, I love to ride motorcycles, watch movies, workout, cook, and travel.

What’s the biggest lesson your kids have taught you?

The biggest lesson that my kids have taught me is the importance of determination, accountability, and mastery. Teaching a foundational grade requires all three from the teacher at all times in order to be highly proficient.

What’s been your proudest moment in the classroom?

My proudest moment is seeing scholars obtain academic mastery and using that knowledge and skills towards real-life situations. Also, being a part of the significant academic and emotional growth from my scholars are proud moments.

What’s your favorite school supply?

My favorite school supply is dry erase markers. By the end of the day, I have about 3 markers in each pocket. You can never have enough of them as a teacher!