Episode 7 – Connie Lam

connieimage“My teaching experience started with just struggle and absolutely being thrown into just chaos,” says Connie Lam, teacher of three years in Oakland, CA. “I think that I definitely don’t regret everything that happened because it’s made me a stronger person and hopefully a stronger teacher in the future.”

Fast Facts about Connie:

  1. Full name: Connie Lam
  2. Years teaching: 3
  3. Grades taught: 1st-3rd Grade SDC (Special Day Classroom), Kindergarten
  4. City: Oakland, CA
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  7. Why teach? For the children!

conniesfeedbacknoteNoteworthy outtakes from my chat with Connie

Listen as Connie talks candidly about her not-so-great experience with Teach for America and how she feels new teachers could use more consistent support in their first year’s teaching. Connie shares her struggles as she embarked on the unknown in a new city miles from home and with a population of students she had no experience with. From aha moments that taught her that constant smiles won’t win her student’s respect, to still being challenged to accept that being a teacher is a learning experience in itself, Connie talks in depth about her growth in the short three years she’s been teaching, as well as how far she realizes she still needs to go. Thank you for chatting so honestly with teachers Connie!