Julia Hughes, Breakthrough Fort Worth

Julia Hughes, Breakthrough Fort Worth

Name: Julia Hughes
Program: Breakthrough Fort Worth
Subject: 8th Grade Literature (and Literature Department Chair)
School Attending/ Year: Scripps College, Junior ('13)

Who is your Mentor Teacher? What does s/he bring to your program? To your department? To your skills as a teacher?

My Mentor Teacher is Nikki Triggs. She works as both the Dean of Instruction, overseeing our teacher training, and the Literature department's master teacher. Her official role as MT is to hold each teacher accountable to their performance in the classroom. This is particularly relevant to my experience at BT this summer as Department Chair. We collaborate on ensuring the cohesion and mastery of lesson plans, scheduling department meetings to be thorough and efficient, and creating a foundation of support for all of our wonderful literature teachers. As an individual, Nikki has already transcended the minimum requirements as MT. She is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement when she both praises and prompts our lessons after observations. Her patience and kindness towards new teachers provides an incredible example of the compassion we should have for our own students. This feeling is not limited to our department, but to other teachers who have experienced her invaluable help. Nikki is such a integral part of BT Fort Worth and I am so grateful to have her as a mentor and a friend.