Welcome Class! My name is Mr. Romero. I will be either your AVID or Integrated Math 1 teacher for this academic year. This will be my Third year of teaching at this school and although I may look young to many, make no mistake I have extensive amount of teaching experience. Just these last three years, I had the unique opportunity to teach students just like you in the city of Huntington Park and at Lawndale High School and let me tell you we had a blast. If I go a little further back, my experiences also stems from being able to adopt, build, and observe a variety of teaching styles not only at different high schools around this area but at UCLA, an elite academic institution where I worked directly with doctors and medical students.
Why Mr. Romero teaches:
Now a little background on how I ended up here as your teacher and why I became a teacher. My educational journey started from this exact city. I am proud, let me repeat that, I am proud to be an Alumni of this very high school, which is why I am extremely excited an honored to be your teacher. I have eaten at the same places you have all eaten, I’ve played in the same parks you all have and I’ve walked around the same classrooms you will walk into for the next four years. After I graduated from this high school, I was blessed to begin my undergraduate career at UCLA, where my eyes were open to the countless of opportunities it had to offer. After having one of the best times of my life at UCLA I knew very well I wanted to come back to teach, but I was lured to work in the Education Department in the field of Neurology. A year went by, and I knew I had to get back on path and do what was necessary to become your teacher. So I resigned my position. Now many of you may ask why teach when you graduated from a great school or why come back to this city. Well class, every day I had at UCLA was another day my heart was telling me you have to let your future students know what the beauty of attending a university is. I was overwhelmed with the information I obtained and excited that one day I would be able to discuss this with you all.
Why is this class important from Mr. Romero:
Integrated Math is the foundation to all mathematics. Life without your math is like trying to build a house without a foundation. It is integral to life. Think about that for a moment. You can apply that math you learn in this class to absolutely any profession. It is a skill that I hope you will all be proficient in by the time the academic year ends. Together we will take math further than you could imagine by applying it to the real world. I will do my best to convince you that the math we learn in this class will help you become knowledgeable and wiser. The math we do here will be relevant and useful, therefore anything I assign will not be because I want to make your life miserable, but because we find it to be valuable to your education. This class will be a great community, where collaborating, solving, and analyzing different components in Algebra will take place.
It is no coincidence that you are all my students this year. The administration paired the exact students I wanted. Believe me, we will work great together or we will learn to work well with one another. We expect you all to find the sense of appreciation and it starts by trying. I see the potential in each and every one of you and I look forward to be part of your educational journey. Your future is bright, and I believe in all of your capabilities.
Lastly, I want to leave you all with a quote. “I am somebody, I was somebody when I came in. I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful, and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here. I have things to do, people to impress and places to go.” –Rita Pierson. I want you all to be reminded every single day how valuable you are and why it is necessary to try at all times. I hope you all appreciate it just as much as I do.
Please feel free and stop by either at lunch or after school if you have any questions or concerns...I am here to help :)