I am my mother’s daughter

Many years ago when I was a girl, I clearly remember that municipal employees were going to knock down the few trees in a green area near my house to install a fenced area for the garbage trucks. My mother opposed it and organized a picnic with the neighbors and their children in exactly that area before the demolition machinery arrived. For the long hours, the municipal officials tried to convince her to leave; her response was always the same: “We must take care of the few green areas we have so that our children have a place of relaxation in contact with nature.”  When the press and the media came, the facts were disseminated, and the deforestation project ended and we conserved that green area.

Even after so many years passed, I am thrilled that so many memories come to my mind in which she led and participated in social causes to avoid injustices, promote respect for women, the elderly, and the sick and particularly to promote the improvement of our schools. Frequently she was part of the directives of the school societies of parents and had a reputation that she was not intimidated by any problem or by any authority.

On one occasion, I asked her if she was not afraid when she organized these protests. She told me: “of course, I was afraid, but I also was afraid that if I did nothing, those scoundrels would get away with it”. Few people dare to protest against injustice, but if we do nothing to avoid them, we become accomplices of them.

Several years ago, being a teacher in another school in this same School District, I was very concerned about the growing presence of drug sales and consumption in the school, and I dared in a meeting with the directors to mention the severity of the problem and the feeling that our inaction as adults made us accomplices of the increasing drug problem, and that we should face it because the parents entrust us to their children and think that a school is a safe place.

Other teacher friends told me: “do not mention any of this because you’re going to face the authorities. As long as the problem of drugs is not mentioned, it is not a problem. They want less to come to light.”

Coincidentally, a week later, a special education girl filed a complaint against me, because I dared to tell her to stop playing and to start working (on the solution of the mathematics exercises that had been assigned to her). Oh what a great offense, I was immediately suspended for several days for an investigation, because I was pushing a girl to do the academic work she had to do and to call her attention and ask her to go to work, which was my obligation to do.

When the official investigation was made, of course, everything was clarified, and I was totally and completely exonerated from the unjustified charges against me. Even the investigator told me, “What a pity that teachers who really care about their students are unfairly pressured in this way.” On that occasion, he told me that we should never openly criticize the authorities because there are usually reprisals and he recommended that I always carry a recorder with me because it was the most direct way to deny a slander. He told me you have no idea how many injustices we see here.

When I returned to school, the authorities only mentioned that they had investigated me because of complaints from the students, without clarifying that it had been totally unjustified (by only one lazy student who doesn’t want to work) and that I had been total and completely exempted of any charges.

The next year I requested a school change, despite how much I loved my students, but hurt by the hypocritical attitude of school authorities. Even today, more than 10 years later I have heard comments from the authorities that I have a history of being in conflict with students. They do not mention that in the time I worked there, my students were always the ones who obtained the highest grades, nor that the real problem was to try to defend the students from a very serious danger that the school authorities did not want to face. I still have the great satisfaction of hundreds of alumni, who continued studying and who frequently come to me after so many years, remembering those years of achievement and academic growth pleasantly.

I clearly remember the words of my mother: Never act for personal convenience; Always do what your conscience tells you, which is the moral guide that God has given us to know what is right to do.

It is the same moral advice that I give to my students:

Always do the right thing, and do not worry. Doing your best is better than doing nothing.

And remember: “Education is the foundation upon which you build your future”  Christine Gregoire

Let’s work hard together in the classroom to build a better future for all of you!

And never ever do drugs!

Your future starts now

What are you going to do when you grow up?

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?

Careers    Ask yourself some simple questions.

  • What Do You Like To Do?
  • What Are You Good At?
  • Does this career let me follow my passion?
  • Can I be successful in this career?
  • Am I more introverted or extroverted?
  • Am I ready to fight for it?
  • How Much Money Do You Want To Make?
  • Am I choosing this career to please somebody else?

 

Your future starts now

You’re in middle school now. What you do over the next few years will have an impact on the rest of your life. Now is the time to start thinking about life beyond middle school.

Let´s do Math:  What would you be willing to do for a million dollars?

million

 

How much money will you earn in your lifetime?

1 day = 8 working hours

1 week = 5 days

1 year = 52 weeks

1 lifetime = 35 years (the average number of years a person “works” in a lifetime)

Degree Hourly wage
no High School Diploma $7.25
Associate´s degree $30
Bachelor’s degree $60
Professional degree $100

*(minimum wage in Texas  )

7.25 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?

30 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?

60 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?

100 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?

JG wish it dream it

We all have dreams and set goals to achieve them, but are you REALLY committed to the achievement of your dreams?

Are you willing to pay the price for success?

STUDY NOW or FAIL YOUR LIFE!

Mark

The Secret to Becoming a Millionaire:   Money Math Lessons for Life

 

Latino boys who drop out of school often wind up in the criminal justice system.

Young Hispanic men are more likely to end up in prison than at a top university.

Latinos make up one-third of the population of federal prisons and are the fastest growing ethnic group in all U.S. prisons.

Thank You

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you.


‘There is nothing in this world that is worth achieving more than the love from family, friends, and students. I achieved this on my birthday. I could not be any more thankful” I am humbled, blessed and I cherish you. I Love You! 

I’m sure that with all these wishes, it will become a great year.

Mrs. Garcia

Do you really want to succeed in life?

If you really want to succeed, the secret is simple: study. If you compare what a worker who just finished High School (which is the basic level they ask for any job) earns, against what someone who has finished a professional career, a master’s degree or a doctorate, the difference really is enormous.

A person who just finished High School has an income that is just at the poverty line. Instead, a professional has the money to live comfortably and fully enjoy their family. Good homes, good cars, good medical care, holidays and all the comforts of modern life. It is estimated that with only four additional years of study the difference in income over 30 years of work is more than one million dollars.

Let’s do some quick accounting; a minimum wage person earns $ 7.25 an hour ($ 58 a day) when he gets a job. If you are sick with the flu and your mom takes you to the general practitioner for a 15-minute consultation, the fee is $ 50, so they can earn $ 200 in one hour (on a good day $ 1,600 or more). In two weeks a professional can earn what a minimum wage employee earns in a year. In addition, the physical effort is very different; it is not the same to be working where every day you are moving heavy things and doing strenuous work, compared to the physical effort of a professional, which in most professions is minimal because it is intellectual work.

Have confidence in yourself, you must believe in yourself; do not ever get defeated. Dare to dream. If you have a dream, pursue it. Set goals and have the courage, determination, and dedication to achieve them. In life, you will always find obstacles and pitfalls, but you must have the will to rise and persevere. Only the one who gives up is defeated.

If you want to be part of a success story – study. Many students do not finish high school because they did not arrive well prepared in their subjects from the previous years. In Middle School, you learn the bases that will allow you to succeed later in your studies. All construction requires a good foundation, and here we are laying the foundations of what you will build tomorrow.

At Middle School, you must create solid foundations in reading, writing, and mathematics. I do not worry about how low your math skills are; I offer you that if you attend class regularly, if you pay attention, if you do the assigned activities and you frankly consult your doubts in order to clarify them, you will learn what is necessary to get ahead in your studies. I have 30 years as a teacher, and many of my alumni are successful; Even former students, some who had never passed a Texas state test, have achieved Commended Performance and then have achieved a professional career.

Success depends on the will rather than the talent. The foundations of your future and that of your family are built today. Dare to succeed.

Dare to dream and when you do, dream big

The theory of self-fulfilled prophecy says that when we have a firm belief about ourselves, it ends up being fulfilled.

This was said by Henry Ford many years ago, in a phrase that is famous, that in a nutshell explains the reason behind the triumph or failure of many people:

“Whether you think you can, or if you think you can not, in both cases you’re right” …

This holds a very great truth, psychologists have proven it with multiple experiments and call it the theory of self-fulfilled prophecy.

If a student believes that they are bad at their studies, they do not put their commitment into school, they frequently fail, lower their self-esteem, conform to low grades, do not participate in class, do not ask questions because they think they will not understand. They are assigned the label of mediocre, playful, or chatterbox and soon will be seen as such by their classmates and their teachers. The child tends to behave according to the expectation they have of him. (The Rosenthal and Jacobson experiment in 1966 is well known) and is known as the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy.

All of us who have been teachers for a long time have seen how important a student’s self-motivation is for their success in school and life. Behind winning students, there are usually parents, grandparents and family members who believed in them and encouraged them to persevere when they had a problem. How often teachers make the big mistake of highlighting faults and ignoring the qualities and effort of our students.

Similarly, many times parents are responsible for the low self-esteem of their children. If they say to him every day; you are a loser, you are useless at everything, you are not like your older brother who is intelligent and responsible or some other derogatory phrase, and they only see the defects and do not publicly acknowledge his qualities, they are condemning this son to failure in life.

The emotional support that parents and teachers give their children is very important.

If you want to succeed in life commit yourself to do so, take advantage of this great opportunity you have at this time to study and show the world how much you are worth, the great potential you have to face any challenge and overcome it.

If you do not stop yourself, no one else can do it. Dare to succeed.

You Can Be Succesfull

You Can

One of the biggest misconceptions about being successful in school (and in life) is that you sit at your desk and automatically success comes to you. When the reality is that you have to fight for it, and fight hard.

  • Trust yourself
  • Work Hard
  • Don’t be afraid to fail
  • Stay Focused
  • PUSH YOURSELF
  • Be Persistent
  • Never Give Up!

Say to yourself:  I will persist until I succeed!

Don’t eat the marshmallow!  Joachim de Posada  TED