Ms. Jun & Ms. Martinez Short Avenue Elementary School Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Monica Jun "Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, I was fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged my younger sister and I to follow our dreams. They supported my decision to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Communication. After working in entertainment management and PR for a couple of years, I realized my calling was elsewhere. I remembered how I enjoyed teaching children when I volunteered during high school and found myself pursuing a teaching credential not long after.
I am thrilled to be a part of Short Avenue Elementary School, where we are one community working towards positive change. I look forward to seeing my first grade students grow and become a part of that movement." - Ms. Monica Jun
Ms. Blanca Martinez "I feel very fortunate to have grown up with two strict, yet loving parents, five sisters and one baby brother. Education was valued in my family. We were not asked if you go to college, but rather, which college you plan to attend. As a result we are all college graduates. Becoming a teacher was an easy choice for me, because I also believe that getting an education is important. I have been teaching for 30 years, 27 of them here at Short Avenue Elementary.
I have fallen in love with first grade. Seeing my students eyes light up when they succeed makes my soul happy. Watching my students grow physically, emotionally, and mentally always brings a tear to my eyes in June, when it’s time to say good-bye. I know, however, it is time to let them go and continue on their educational journey. The wonderful thing, though, is that I get to start my teaching journey again with each and every new first grade class." - Ms. Blanca Martinez
WHAT MAKES THIS CLASSROOM SUCCESSFUL Teachers take several steps to ensure her students have productive tutoring sessions with their tutors. They have shown exceptional achievement in the following areas:
Call Success Rate: Both Ms. Martinez and Ms. Jun had 90+% successful calls. They regularly took attendance to let tutors know whether students were present or absent and were alsocommunicative about school activities that occasionally took their students out of the classroom.
Student Greeter info: Student Greeters took their job seriously and efficiently alerted classmates when it was their time to be tutored.
Classroom management: The teachers cultivate helpful habits in her students, such as teaching them to use their tutoring voices and respecting the “Quiet Please” sign.
Teacher-Tutor Messaging: The teachers message tutors whenever unexpected events cause students to be unavailable.
Frequency of Reading Stage Updates: They updates their students reading stages every two weeks, ensuring they are working at the appropriate reading level with their tutors.
Reading Stage Growth: Overall growth in each classroom was 4.5 reading levels.