Campus Teacher of the Year: Elvia Guerra

Campus Teacher of the Year: Elvia Guerra
Posted on 04/22/2020
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Lopez-Riggins Elementary School

Grade Level: First Grade
Teaching Experience: 17 years – all at Los Fresnos CISD
Hometown: Brownsville
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, The University of Texas at Brownsville

Why did you want to go into the teaching profession? 
Since I was a little girl, I envisioned myself as a teacher. I recall labeling my books that I had at home with subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. I used my sister and my cousins as my students and I would teach to them. As I grew older and graduated from college, I knew my heart was in the teaching profession. I knew that teachers did more than teach, and that their impact extended far beyond the classroom. As a teacher, you are more than just an educator. I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of as many students as I possibly could.

Who or what influenced you to seek a future in education?
At the early age of 8, I lost my father. My mother was the sole provider of two young girls. I saw how hard my mother worked to provide and make sure we had everything we needed. She became my role model. Even though she did not have a career in education, I knew that she wanted me to further my education and become a teacher. She contributed toward my college expenses and influenced me to go to college. She made me want to be a better student in all of my classes, and she helped me to see the value of an education. My mother is the reason I am an educator today. 

Why did you choose to seek a position at Los Fresnos CISD?
I did my research in 2002 to secure a position with our district, and I found out that the district provided great opportunities to students. I had checked on the district overall test scores and they were top-notch. My friends and family would talk highly of the schools, administrators and teachers. I loved that it was a small community and district with exceptional results. But most of all what lured me in was the district's motto at the time “Devoted to Student Success ... Committed to Staff Excellence.” I am proud to say that I made the right choice when I came to seek employment at Los Fresnos CISD.

What does the district motto “What We Do Here Shapes the World” mean to you?
As an educator, I feel very fortunate that I can take part in shaping the next generation. I feel that the main purpose of education is to educate and prepare students for academic success and life. Teachers play a big role in shaping students by developing much of what they learn, how they act and shape them into who they are, and who they will become. Here at Los Fresnos CISD I know that we strive to make sure we are making a difference in each student’s life. We are continuously finding ways to excel the students for a better tomorrow.
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