New teacher long way from home, excited at new challenge

Stefania Renteria, Staff writer

When it comes to keeping track of your family and maintaining your career growth, there are particular changes you have to make to maintain a balance.

St. Joseph High School offered Mrs. He the opportunity to work as a part-time teacher that helps her with her personal priorities and in school responsibilities.

“I love everything about high school,” Mrs. He said.” I like high school-aged students, I like high school level content, and I like the high school environment. When I was offered a part-time teaching position at St. Joes, I said yes immediately. I need a job to balance my teaching career and my role as a mom with two little ones. I think a part-time teaching position at a high school is ideal to me.”

Mrs. He received her Bachelor’s degree in economics in China. After accomplishing in furthering her education she decided to move to the United States and attend Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania to get an MBA degree. Until then is when she made the decision to receive an education degree at Dominican University, where she earned her Master’s in Special Education.

Mrs. He has always loved the idea of helping others and helping them improve their knowledge.

“I like to hear students saying “I get it,” Mrs. He said. “It makes me feel good to help others to improve themselves and achieve their goals. Teaching is an Art. It allows me to create, reflect and improve.”

Mrs. He has developed an attachment to her students, in which she gives her all to make sure they are always on task.

“I like to incorporate games into the lessons,” He said.” Every Thursday, we always play some sort of math games. My students like Kahoot! We always played Math Maze and Math Jeopardy.

“I also believe students can learn a lot by reflecting on their work and mistakes. I always encourage them to make corrections to their homework and understand why they made these mistakes.  I don’t want them to make the same mistakes in the future!”

The idea of becoming a math teacher came from her youth. She always knew she could help others with their math struggles.

“When I was a high school student, I got lots of my classmates asking me for help on their math homework,” He said. “That’s when I started thinking about becoming a math teacher.”

More than a mother she is a teacher who is passionate about her students.

“I am still learning, exploring, experimenting and discovering,” He said.” Overall, I want to be an innovative and challenging math teacher.”