SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Christina Coppola is a second-grade teacher in Sacramento at James W. Marshall in Sacramento and she's ABC10's Teacher of the Month for April 2021.
Christina has been teaching for more than 20 years and says she loved second graders because they're not babies anymore and they have a thirst for learning.
ABC10 asked Christina a few more questions about her career in teaching.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
Q: Where do you teach?
James W. Marshall in the Rosemont area of Sacramento
Q: What advice do you have for the future teachers of America?
Remember that connection with the student and setting aside time to build a relationship is paramount. This helps the teacher to address not just the academic needs of the child but also the social-emotional needs. And, it makes classroom management so much easier.
Q: What advice do you have for parents?
Ask your child every day: "What is something you are working to learn?" and What is something you did out of kindness? Reinforce the idea of a growth mindset.
Congratulations again to our April 2021 Teacher of the Month, Christina Coppola!
Teacher of the Month/Teacher of the Year is ABC10’s way of honoring exemplary teachers in our community and say ‘thank you’ for their hard work. ABC10 viewers, students, principals, parents, family and friends nominate educators they feel deserve this title. Each month Sac State selects a teacher out of this pool of nominees to be honored as ‘Teacher of the Month’, receiving a $1,000 dollar check from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, a profile story on ABC10 and ABC10.com, and other prizes!
Plus, all nominees are put in the running for Esquire IMAX and ABC10’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ winning an additional $5,000 dollars courtesy of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. The ‘Teacher of the Year’ ceremony is held every spring.
To nominate a teacher you think is deserving and see all of ABC10’s Teacher of the Month nominees, visit: /features/teacher-of-the-month