A Year in a Life
Join the Teacher Excellence Team as we follow two Dallas ISD teachers throughout the 2018-2019 school year. We will highlight their challenges, celebrate successes, and walk with them as they support our students. Please visit regularly for updates on their journey.
Jennifer Belchi-Segura, 5th Grade Dual Language Math Teacher at TAG in Pleasant Grove
My name is Jennifer Belchi and I am proud to be the fifth grade Math teacher at School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove. I was born and raised in Spain where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Murcia. I´ve been a teacher for almost 12 years: 6 in Spain and 6 in Dallas ISD.
I am really proud of the work my students are doing this year. Two weeks ago, my students took their first common assessment and not only were they able to show a great academic improvement but also they were able to place our school first place in Dallas ISD including all magnet schools. Eighty-four per cent of my students achieved mastery, that is 90 and above and twenty-six per cent achieved meets, that is 70 and above. My students are proving that hard work and dedication can do miracles despite all economic disadvantages.
My biggest concern is to continue to grow my high students while helping the students that struggled more achieve mastery. I have noticed that my most struggling students are English language learners, therefore I am planning on using my PDP to support my language learners in my classroom and to help them overcome the language barriers to achieve mastery in all their classes.