To all of the extraordinary teachers from across the country. Thank you for all that you do for our students, especially during these times. We hope you enjoy these sweet messages & soak in all of the well-deserved love. We appreciate you today and every day.
The Relay family! 💛
Hi, my name is Janel Reid and I am approaching the end of my last year of graduate school with Relay Graduate School of Education. I am a kindergarten teacher’s fellow at Harlem Children’s Zone-Promise Academy. I enjoy exploring, traveling, cooking, painting, and spending quality time with my family.
My name is Francesca Heflin and I am a Nashville native. I graduated from John Overton High School then matriculated to Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. Since a young age, I have volunteered or worked with children in some capacity, from babysitting to working in childcare.
Dear Relay Community,
We know that the last week has been very challenging as we learn more about COVID-19 and try to best navigate changes in our daily lives, personally and professionally. At Relay, we are closely monitoring the guidance and direction from the CDC and local officials to ensure that our students and staff remain safe and healthy. While we have no known cases of Coronavirus on any of our campuses to date, we have taken the following precautions:
I grew up during a time where people always said “it takes a village to raise a child”, and I believe that. My grandmother always told me that if I’m not part of the solution, then I’m part of the problem. I see so many children hurting in my community and I know I can’t save them all, but if I can just save one, then I have to try. Too often I see many people go to school, become educated, and leave their communities.
Ms. Gonzalez graduated from Relay San Antonio as a 2nd grade Resident in her first year and was hired as a Pre-K Teacher in 2018. Ms. Gonzalez is currently a Pre-K teacher and a Resident Advisor for Relay’s Residents working in her school. She is the pure definition of taking the baton and passing it on to future educators of our students.
When asked about the impact Relay has made on her career, Ms. Gonzalez said:
My name is Chris Pinto and I teach Algebra 2 & AP Statistics here at KIPP Sunnyside in Houston, Texas. I can be found doing math, running, volunteering, or eating an absurd amount of crunchy peanut butter.
My name is Megan and I grew up in Covington, TN; a small town in the Tipton County district. I moved to Nashville, TN in 2004 to enroll in college and have made Nashville my permanent residence.
I am a product of the city of Brotherly love, both culturally and academically. In my personal life, Tiffany (my birth name) enjoys painting, crocheting, delicious food, and good music. I graduated from Penn State University Main Campus, with a BS in Bio-behavioral Health. I earned my MAT in Teaching from Relay Philly/Camden’s FIRST graduating class. I am a math teacher by trade and can create an engaging curriculum in technology, character development, and/or physical education.
As far as he was concerned, Harrison Gaskins wasn’t a teacher. It was the 2017-18 school year, and he was a paraprofessional at KIPP Vision Primary, a charter elementary school in Atlanta. He worked one-on-one with a student, and he did it well. Then, during his first year, Gaskins’s colleagues named him Teacher of the Month.
The accolade got Gaskins thinking, and soon his supervisor was encouraging him to get his master’s degree and become a classroom teacher, a possibility that hadn’t crossed his mind back when he was a student.
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