What is your current position at MMSD?
I teach fourth grade Dual-Language Immersion (DLI) at Lincoln Elementary School.
What made you apply? Why do you want to be a teacher?
I knew I would like to be a teacher since an early age. Many of the great teachers I have had throughout my education have become my heroes and role models, and I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be able to inspire the children that will become the future of our world.
I received a teaching license when I lived in Brazil, however I moved to the US right after my graduation and never had an opportunity to teach. I transferred my credits to UW-Madison, and received an undergraduate degree in Spanish. For financial reasons, I had to stop pursuing my license. When I received the email about Grow Our Own, I thought it was a great opportunity I could not miss.
What was the application process like?
It was very easy! I filled a quick questionnaire. After I received the confirmation I have been considered for the program, I gathered recommendation letters from my principal and a couple of colleagues and took them to the interview. I was interviewed by a panel of school administrators, and a couple of weeks after the interview I got the news I had been accepted to the program.
How do you feel about starting out in this new program? What has been your experience to date with HR and Cardinal Stritch?
I am studying in a fast-paced program through Cardinal Stritch University. MMSD Human Resources and Cardinal Stritch have been very helpful and very supportive of my needs as a professional and a student.
What would you say to someone who is considering applying for the Grow Our Own program in the future?
Do not hesitate! If you think teaching is your mission in life, the Grow Our Own program will help you achieve this professional goal.