The Outlet: Angela Galvez

In this issue’s recurring segment that gives students an opportunity to learn more about the teachers they see every day, staffer Jake Miller interviews Geometry and Advanced International Certificate of Education Thinking Skills teach Angela Galvez.

1. How do you feel about teaching very challenging classes, such as Geometry and AICE Thinking Skills?

I enjoy teaching the challenging classes. Both classes are very involved with the thinking and getting beyond the basics of just using math. I often enjoy getting my students to think outside of the box on various types of problems, and teaching classes such as Geometry and AICE Thinking Skills does just that.

2. Do you see using technology in the classroom as a benefit?

Yes, in some ways and no in others. For math class, we just have to sit down and use pencil and paper a lot, but the technology can put us into the real world type problems sometimes more than just math. Technology can be used as both a benefit and a very useful tool in the classroom when it allows us to link things that are not just math.

3. Have you had a position at any other school before?

Yes, I was a substitute [teacher] before I came to Cypress Bay. I also worked a lot in elementary schools and did a lot of volunteer work at the elementary schools that my children attended. I never taught at the middle school level; I just chose to go into high school studies right after volunteering at the elementary school level.

4. Where did you go over winter break?

I went and visited my family and got a chance to hang out with them over break. Besides meeting up with my family, I stayed here in Weston and got a chance to take a break and relax from school and teaching.

5. What is the most unique place you have traveled to?

I went to Machu Picchu, which I found very interesting being down in Peru. The people were very nice and interesting and it was very safe as well, surprisingly. Be prepared to walk and climb a lot there, however. Summer probably isn’t the best time to go due to how hot it is; although, it gets cooler in the morning. It’s very different from here and you go back to some of the basics. The train rides were gorgeous, just seeing the landscape. The food is amazing, since they grow a lot of their own vegetables.

6. How did you start teaching?

I used to volunteer at my children’s schools and got more involved fromthere. I was always a volunteer that did the math in the elementary schools, so I found out I enjoyed teaching and interacting with my students. I volunteered, then became a substitute at the elementary school level, then was an intern substitute at an elementary school, where I basically taught the whole year, then I decided I wanted to teach high school and never went back.

7. What do you consider your greatest strength and why?

[My greatest strength] is my ability to change and flow with whatever situation is presented. This is a great strength because it allows me to adapt and go with the flow which goes with my personality of being easy going. I find that this is a good personality to have while being a teacher.

8. What do you love most about teaching?

[I love] the interaction with the students. Interacting and meeting all types of new students every year at the Bay truly is one of those little joys of teaching that makes me truly love my job.

9.What is the most daring and adventurous thing you’ve ever done, and why did you choose to do it?

[The most daring thing I have done was] learning Taekwondo later in life and making it to a second-degree black belt. This took a lot of discipline and effort to achieve, but definitely was out of character, making it the most adventurous thing I have done throughout my lifetime

 

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