This Q&A series focuses on those who are helping to build a better Dallas-Fort Worth. We hear from Sara Chu, 10th Grade Geometry Teacher at L.G. Pinkston High School.
March 17, 2015
Why did you join Teach For America?
I decided to join Teach For America because I admired its mission and vision of providing an excellent education to students in poverty. After teaching for a few months, I see that my students are extremely capable academically and have so much potential in life, but they often lack the resources to get there. I am doing everything I can to provide them with the tools they need to reach their highest potential.
What aspect of TFA training is most valuable in your classroom?
I am motivated by the TFA-DFW culture that staff and corps members embody. The support that staff and my fellow corps members provide when I’ve had a rough day or need advice or strategies for my lessons really makes a difference for me and my classroom.
What progress have you seen in your classroom this year?
My students have made academic gains from the beginning of the year and are maturing into young, hardworking adults!
Describe a moment in your classroom.
I could tell one of my students didn’t feel successful in math, so she gave up easily. One day, I spent some time with her explaining how to solve an algebraic problem, and then she got a huge smile on her face and exclaimed, “I get it!” As she continued to work on the other practice problems, I couldn’t help but smile for the rest of the class.
What inspires you about your work?
I am inspired by the teachers, and staff I work alongside, as well as the entire TFA-DFW community. Most of all, I am constantly inspired by my students.
What motivates you about DFW?
I love Dallas (though the Houstonian in me is surprised to say that). The city has something to offer everyone!