Welcome for Ms. Garza (Student Intern)

To the families of room 206, 

My name is Avery Garza and I am very excited to join Ray Elementary as a student teacher in the 4th grade! I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) pursuing my masters in teaching. At the end of this school year I will be endorsed to teach 1st-6th grade in all subjects. This year I will be a resident student teacher working in Dr. James’ classroom. As a student teacher I will be working closely with Dr. James to observe and participate in classroom activities and will be involved in co-planning and leading instruction.     


I came to Chicago to pursue a career in education. After working as an assistant teacher in a sixth grade classroom in Milwaukee I heard about the UTEP program and decided to get my masters in teaching. My experiences in Milwaukee opened my eyes to how much I love to work with young people in supporting  their curiosity and helping to guide their explorations. I believe that building strong relationships with students and families is at the core of a successful classroom and I look forward to learning more about your student over the coming months. 


I would like to share a little bit about myself. I grew up in Austin, Texas where I lived with my parents and one younger brother until leaving for undergrad in Arkansas at Hendrix College. At Hendrix I got my bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication while exploring my passion for education through tutoring and volunteering at a local elementary school. This will be my third year in Chicago as a Hyde Park resident, and I am still learning how to adjust to the winters here! In the summer I enjoy spending time at Promontory Point and riding my bike as much as possible. 


In addition to building strong relationships in the classroom, I am excited to work to build community in and around Hyde Park and especially here with everyone who makes up the wonderful community here at Ray! 


I look forward to an excellent school year,

-Avery Garza

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