Hear from Asha Moore about how she inspires her students to be their best selves.
The painting is my student’s self-portrait. In it, you can tell that we've talked about building her confidence, about letting her know that she can really do anything and accomplish anything that she sets her mind to. Hopefully she'll take these things with her the rest of her life.
At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I was in the fourth grade when I moved from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Olathe, Kansas. Moving from an urban area to an suburban area was a culture shock for sure, but it wasn't the differences in culture that affected me the most: It was my academic performance, or lack thereof. I was one of the top students in Florida. I had always received high grades, but I moved to Olathe and felt myself falling behind. I worked hard and eventually caught up, but it was at that moment in my life that I knew I had to make a difference in the educational system and teach in urban schools. I didn't want any child to feel inadequate or unprepared like I did. When I heard about the Institute for Urban Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a scholarship program for undergraduates, I felt like it was made for me. I immediately took advantage of the opportunity and I've been teaching in urban schools ever since.
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