Degrees and Certifications:
University of Arizona: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in English as a Second Language
My name is Tianna Urrea and I am a new face to Lulu Walker Elementary School. I am absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with students to meet academic excellence, but to also help them grow as more than students, but as people. I walk into my classroom everyday excited to take on the next challenge, and I leave everyday with a heart that is overflowing. I am truly one of the luckiest people to get to have a job that doesn't feel like one and I am super excited to be teaching first grade here at Walker!
Defining Moment in Education
The moment I decided I needed to be a teacher when I was in 3rd grade. It was my first time in a public school and it happened to be in Amphitheater School District. My teacher was so warm and welcoming and made me feel like I was right where I was supposed to be. From that moment, I knew it was going to be my duty to give the same warm fuzzies to my future students and I have never looked back!
Upon reflection of the past experiences, both as an educator and student, I believe in both tradition and progression, placing more emphasis on the latter. There are some instances when traditional approach is the most effective way of teaching students core lessons, before later using progressivism, as a means to ensure the solidification of them. Explaining knowledge through lecture, and then relating it to the real world will create a comprehensible lesson for each student, tailoring to their needs in relation to education. Most of the real-world knowledge cannot be compressed into a 50 question test, and it must be viewed as a spectrum of progression, plotted by the instructor themselves.
I also feel very strongly about the role of an educator. The ability to foster the emotions of students is crucial because the misfortune of contemporary society, is that children who are not loved at home, expect to be loved at school, and that notion is the main reason I decided to devote my life to instilling knowledge and education into my students. Specific issues to modern education are the influx of division of class, gender, sexuality, or citizenship status. The difference between each student group is notable, but ultimately, all students need a listener, a hug, a confidant, to abide in. The role of a teacher is to adapt to situational change within the education system and individual classroom from year to year; however, the supportive ear is a distinguishing feature all educators need.
I have observed in four different classrooms of Title I schools in varying grade levels. I taught all subjects in grades 3-5, including but not limited to reading, writing, math, science, social studies, history, art, and physical education. I was also an Enrichment Instructor for the 21st Century Grant Program at a school in the Tucson Unified School District, where I taught grades 1-5 how Computer Coding, and was a 4th grade academic teacher in the Summer School program
I was chosen to be a Rodel Promising Educator in 2016. The Rodel Foundation of Arizona worked to provide teachers with professional development to better their understanding and commitment to Title I schools.