In “Selecting a fellow” an important part of the selection process is a response to a series of essays. Mark Doze was one of the top ten individual to make it to the interview process. His essay is outlined below.
Effective high needs teacher
Currently I serve as a math and technology educator at Northwest Preparatory Academy Charter School in Humble, Texas. Over ninety-five percent of the student population lives in low socioeconomic communities where drugs and crime is prevalent, single family homes, or reside in a state supervised facility due to abnormal behavior. As a first year teacher in public education, it was my aspiration to give back to the community by enriching lives through education. Having the opportunity to motivate and challenge students to learn and be productive citizens has been an overwhelming joy.
Though this profession is tedious and consist of long hours, I believe it is worth each endeavor in order to empower students. As a teacher in a high needs school environment I must teach with fidelity by providing students with diverse curriculums and implementing best teaching practices. With no day being the same, I would not trade this career for anything in the world. Every day I get up I am charged with the responsibility of making an impact in the lives of future lawyers, doctors, educators, and entrepreneurs. I am not just an educator, but I am a counselor, friend, and confidant to many students who just need a listening ear. I am eager not only to teach my students to be successful in math and technology, but effective decisions makers and innovative thinkers. I have the opportunity to help students discover their purpose and passion in life.
I decided to teach in a high needs school, because I wanted my students to see a hard-working man at work. Sometimes many students become what they see and I would love for my students to mirror by display of success. Working in a high needs school allows me to introduce my students to a different perspective of life? This perspective is that everyone citizen is afforded the best life if they work hard, dare to be different and work their faith within themselves. I consider my purpose in life is to educate students by enriching them with the best teaching practices and inspiring them to reach back and help others from their community or environment. Teaching in New York City would be an honor since it is one of the nation's largest populated cities.
New York's communities are very diverse and would give me the opportunity to impact students of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. It has always been a dream to step outside of my comfort zone and teach students in various cities and New York City is a great place to begin this incredible adventure. Knowing that I have the opportunity to reach students beyond my home state of Texas would be a honor and a great privilege.