SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jennifer Sinclair is ABC10’s and Schools Financial Credit Unions February Teacher of the Month.
She teaches 6th grade at David Reese Elementary in Sacramento and has been doing so for the past 14 years. We asked her a few questions to really get a better understanding of how she works her magic and educates our kids.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
This is a tough one! I loved my 6th grade teachers...Mrs. Whitney (who left to became our principal) and Mrs. Emerson.
What’s your favorite student success story?
I am proud of what so many of my students have achieved, but the one that stands out at the moment is a former 5th grade student who recently graduated from high school. She reached out to invite me to her graduation and shared that she got a scholarship to UOP. It was an honor to attend the ceremony, but the part that touched my heart the most was when she told me that she always remembered the college unit I taught the class. We wrote to numerous colleges near and far for information on admission, financial aid and scholarships. Many wrote back and I was able to raise awareness and their belief that they can all go to college. It was the first time anyone had spoken to her about going to college.
What advice do you have for the future teachers of America?
Don't give up. America's kids need you. The reason more kids succeed or stay in school is because they have built positive relationships with their teachers. Get to know your kids and make sure they know you care. And please don't forget about yourself! Have a support circle to talk to and a list of ways to help you relax. Self-care is important too.
What advice do you have for parents?
You are just as much apart of this process as we are. We value your participation and support in your child's education. Keep advocating for your child and teach them how to use their voice so they can advocate for themselves too.
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