She teaches history and language arts, but she doesn’t stop there. Our teacher of the month keeps her students on the run.
“Come on, let’s get this run started!”
Shortly after lissete plaza began teaching 7th and 8th grade students history and language arts at Chicago’s Boone Elementary School, she introduced her students to Girls on the Run, a three times a week extracurricular fitness activity.
Violenda Desormeaux, Student: “I really like this program. It helped me to stay positive and it helps me to stay active too. It’s really about girls moving forward trying to take the negative things out of their life.”
Eniola-Jowosimi, Student: “Girls on the Run has taught me to share my feelings, and it’s also taught me how to run and endurance.”
Lissete Plaza, Teacher of the Month: “It has been a great, great program for the girls. I feel very lucky to be part of it and to be able to share it with the girls.”
For the boys and the girls who don’t want to run there is basketball. Boone School has a boys basketball team and a girls basketball team. Thanks to Miss Plaza.
Michelle Audisho, Student: “She encourages us not only in running, but in basketball and in History. She makes the learning experience so much fun.”
Laura Schwartz, nominating student: “Before I didn’t like History that much … how it felt to be there.”
Laura Schwartz is the student who nominated Ms Plaza for teacher of the month consideration.
Laura Schwartz, Student: “She is a really nice teacher. She’s always been there for her students from the first time she started here.”
Lissete Plaza: “My goal is to let them know that I truly, truly care and if they need anything I’m here for them. I come in early if they need me for tutoring or sometime they just want to come in and hang out. I even take the time during my lunch. If they don’t want to go down to lunch, I let them stay up here with me.”
And once a week she engages her students in what she calls social and emotional learning.
Lissete Plaza: “We focus on teaching. It’s not just educational goals that we are trying to set for them. We want them to think about themselves socially and helping to build their self esteem when you are dealt issues in the classroom or at home.”