Breakthrough students enroll in college-prep high school programs at more than twice the rate of their low-income and minority peers.
Name: Dana Von Schaumburg
Program: Breakthrough Kent Denver
Subject Teaching: 8th Grade Science
School Attending/Year: Scripps College, Class of 2014
The atmosphere here in Denver continues to bubble with excitement as we near the end of our training. A nervous energy fills the rooms as we put our final touches on lesson plans and family theme ideas. It finally feels as though the staff is settling into its own unique dynamic. This summer, I have been so impressed by my colleagues, especially the new staff members. Each day, I leave campus in awe of my fellow teachers; their dedication and unique array of talents are incredible. Each staff member brings something special to the program, and I can’t wait to see the things that we will accomplish this summer!
While working at Breakthrough last summer, I realized how much effort actually goes into teaching a single class. One forty-five minute lesson may take hours of planning and preparation. Breakthrough really made me appreciate all of my former teachers who made it look so easy. As I’ve spent the last couple of days sample teaching, I have begun to realize how invaluable our master teachers truly are. Ross White, the science master teacher, has continually pushed each and every one of us to improve. He constantly points out areas for improvement, offering concrete examples of ways to implement these changes in our lesson plans and/or in our classrooms. Although criticism is never easy to hear, it is clear that Ross truly has the students’ best interests at heart. Over the past couple of weeks, Ross has also served as a wonderful liaison between the teachers in my department and the administration, communicating our specific needs and desires, so that we are best prepared to help our students.