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TEACH FOR AMERICA CORPS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - CHELSEA SONG

 Chelsea SongChelsea Song, a native of San Diego, graduated with Distinction from the University of California-Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Media Studies.

A 2020 TFA corps member, she teaches Third Grade at Heritage Elementary School.

WHY EDUCATION AS A CAREER

“I chose education as a career when I realized the weight of self-advocacy and the importance of free thought while working at a city newspaper in college. I believe that education plays such a key role in developing these core principles. I am motivated by the thought that self-advocacy and free thought will go such a long way to help develop our youth into tolerant, kind, and creative leaders of our future.

ON TEACH FOR AMERICA

“I elected to join Teach for America because its principles of pursuing equity and strengthening community really resonated with me. When I was a student myself, I sought to better understand and participate in equity through writing. However, when I graduated, I felt inspired to use my voice in the classroom, where the community was sure to be strong, and our voices impactful.

“I didn't feel any reservations on having to move far from home — I was excited to serve my new community.”

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

“I recognize that grades are simply one way to measure achievement. However, my educational philosophy is also informed by the idea that educational success is the result of empowering students to realize that they have the tools and the power within themselves to pursue whatever project it is they desire.

IMPACT OF LIFE EXPERIENCES

“One of the most important life experiences that I feel benefits my instruction is my exposure to diversity. I grew up in a diverse community that showed me the beauty of not only tolerance, but the act of embracing others' experiences and values. I have really learned to love bridging these experiences in the classroom.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PUEBLO

“The reason I wanted to be a teacher in Pueblo is because of the amazing community that exists here. I know that Pueblo is composed of a rich racial makeup, which I believe adds to the significant population to build inclusive coalitions within its community.”

IMPRESSION OF PUEBLO AND THE DISTRICT

“”My initial impression of Pueblo is that it is a beautiful and tight-knit community with so many kind and generous people. I was worried that I wouldn't feel that I had a home in a place far from home, but everyone was so welcoming and loving.

“I was also impressed by the District's initiatives to address more inclusive and diverse learning experiences for its students.”

FROM HERITAGE PRINCIPAL RICHELLE PARADISO:

Chelsea is a wonderful educator. She has such a pleasant personality and is very kind to the Heritage students. She has high expectations of her students and herself. She is very open to instructional coaching and takes any and all feedback. She is very eager to add new tools to her teacher toolbox.

“Chelsea is a hard worker and puts her students' needs first. I am very grateful to have such an amazing young and energetic educator as part of our Heritage staff.