Joel Laguna

Joel Laguna

Teacher


Thomas Starr King Middle School

Los Angeles, CA United States


I really come to work with a smile on my face every single day, and that's what it's all about, right?

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
While he was studying at UCLA, his friend asked him if he'd help him tutor some Spanish-speaking kids.
He fell in love with tutoring; realized that if he was willing do it on the weekends for free, he could definitely pursue teaching as a career.
Makes a point of not bringing out an "alter-ego" when he's in the classroom; says, "Who I am as a teacher is who I am in life."
When he first started, other teachers thought he was just the "fun" teacher who wasn't actually educating his kids.
Once his students' test scores turned out to be consistently better than the other students', those other teachers started realizing they should lighten up.
He was the first of his family to go to college, so his mother didn't always know how to support him through that experience.
That helps him relate to his students, many of whom are from low-income families, would also be first-generation college students.
Says he loves his job so much that he comes to work with a smile on his face every single day.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of California-Los Angeles
Bachelor
Urban Education and Leadership
University of California-Los Angeles

Career

Teacher

Creating, collaborating, and constantly trying to be on the cutting edge of how I can get kids to learn every day.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I work to create a positive educational climate for students to learn in while meeting course and school-wide student performance goals. I create lesson plans, grade papers and perform other administrative duties as needed.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Bring who you are to the classroom. If your students can understand you and empathize with you, then they will know that you are there for them and will be more likely to open up to you. Be compassionate and forgive yourself for mistakes. Trust in your abilities.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get experience in a lot of different ways. Tutor, volunteer, etc.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Urban Education and Leadership

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"If I don't get this right, then I must be doing something wrong."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation College Student