Brenda Lizbeth Robles has been awarded the President’s Educator Fellowship during the UCI School of Education 2018-2019 Scholarship Award Ceremony. Brenda is pursuing her Multiple Subject Master of Arts in Teaching. Below, she shares her thoughts about her academic journey.
I am the oldest of six siblings, daughter to Mexican immigrants, and an aspiring educator.
Being the oldest of six siblings came with responsibilities such as caring for my brothers, helping with homework and being an example to them. Growing up in a low-income household my parents would always remind us that education was more valuable than money.
I truly believe that education has the power to be the lighthouse for students such as myself. I strive to be the teacher that is able to connect to my students and to be part of their support system. In order to be well informed of the lives my students may have after school, over the years I have worked for after school programs such as Think Together and Rainbow Rising. I also volunteered for C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocates) a non-profit organization and I was able to learn that foster children are also in great need of a strong support system. Using my personal experiences and those of my future students, I plan to create a culturally inclusive classroom where my student feel empowered to share their histories.
Brenda Robles and Multiple Subject Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge