2016-12-30 / Letters

Aspiring teacher thanks mentors

As an aspiring teacher, I gladly accept Brian Dennert’s challenge to make Simi Valley a thankful city.

In my journey to become a teacher, I can only thank those who have set the stage for me.

I graduated from Simi Valley High School in June 2011. Ever since starting high school I knew I wanted to teach, but my last few years really confirmed that passion.

I want to thank Lauren Gallant for teaching with her heart and bringing lessons to life in a way anyone can understand. Her passion for history makes others passionate too. I am so glad to be connected and to learn from you, even to this day, about testing, teacher challenges, and how it is a wonderful profession. Thank you for being you.

I want to thank Jennifer Urie for being so wonderful and loving to each and every one of her students. She really makes everyone feel like they are able, special and have what it takes. Mrs. Urie, you empowered me to do the same.

I want to thank Ron Carmona for making math fun. I have never understood math naturally and it has always been a struggle for me. Taking his class made the impossible possible and sparked my interest in math too. Thank you, Mr. Carmona, for letting me be a teacher’s assistant for one of your geometry classes and shedding some light into the world of teaching. I would like to think I will be a better teacher because of what I have learned from you.

Thank you, Rebecca Itow, for making class interesting. From acting out plays to Gatsbythemed class parties, I learned so much taking Honors 10 English with you. Thank you for giving me advice on teaching even to this day and helping me see that even the most experienced have to take their time studying.

I am endlessly thankful to our teachers of Simi Valley who give their hearts, time and commitment to teaching. I am where I am because of you. Join me, Simi, in making our city the thankful city.

Samantha Lieb
Simi Valley

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