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Distinguished Teacher Genevieve Esmende

  • Wangenheim Middle School
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Math
  • 6-8
  • Math

What advice would you give to people considering a career in teaching?

Take the time to get to know your students, this will help with classroom management. Also, find teachers with whom you can collaborate. It's important to start building your support system at your school. Lastly, always continue learning, this will help you improve your teaching practice.

What's the best thing about teaching?

I love seeing the look of accomplishment when my students have solved a problem with which they have struggled. I love seeing when students are making connections with math concepts we have learned previously and they are applying to another problem. I love it when students are learning from their mistakes. I love it when students are not afraid to take on the next math challenge.

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