68% of Breakthrough students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch.
Name: Zena Price-Broncucia
Breakthrough Program: San Francisco
Subject Teaching: Social Studies
School Attending/Year: University of San Francisco
After a week of orientation, and four days teaching, I feel like a completely different teacher in my second summer at Breakthrough. I am working even harder than I did in my first summer, but I see the results so clearly in my classroom. I am thrilled to see that changes that I have made in classroom management are paying off with more focus from my students.
Having many of the same students for the second year in a row has been a complete joy! Most of them are taller, and seem much more confident in their new roles as leaders in our community. It has been refreshing to see that they maintain the same zeal for learning as I remember last year. In the first week, we have looked at maps of Ancient Greece and created maps of our own community, drawn time lines of the lives of important Grecians, and mapped our ideas about economic, social, cultural and political traits of Ancient Greece.
Just as I am amazed by how hard my students work, I am so amazed by my colleagues and how hard they work every day to teach creatively, rigorously, and thoroughly. They constantly push me to be the best teacher I can be every time I step in front of a group of students. I look forward to getting to know everyone in our community better over the next six weeks, and teaching even better classes every day!