A Year in a Life Blog Post 2

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.

Lillian Sooter, Kindergarten Teacher at Hexter Elementary

I can’t believe that my first year of teaching is already half way over! Some days it feels like I’ve been teaching for two minutes and have no clue what I am doing, and some days I feel like I have been teaching for years. At this point in the year, my students are settled in the routine of school and know the expectations and I am finally starting to see some academic growth!

As the year continues to progress, I am continuing to try and grow myself professionally. Most of that is happening for me on the campus level as opposed to the district level. At our campus, we attend weekly PLC meetings which have been a great opportunity to work with my instructional coach and principal as well as my team members. Some of our PLC meetings are vertical meetings where we meet with the first grade team as well. These have been very helpful as they have given me have a long term vision of what my students need to be learning and accomplishing to be ready for first grade next year. I am also continuously researching ways to make my instruction better and collaborating with the other kindergarten team members daily. I am hoping to have more PD opportunities soon to continue to better myself as an educator. After all, the best educators are life long learners themselves.

Click here to watch Ms. Sooter’s Classroom Lesson