According to Mimi Munoz, science teacher at Seguin Elementary School, STEM education is important but learning to be kind should be first in any classroom environment.
“The first thing I always [teach is a lesson on] kindness. I tell them they are going to have to learn how to work with other students and that’s what science is about,” said Munoz. “You need to know how to learn from those students.”
Munoz says she works hard to get her fifth-grade students engaged in their lessons and understand why science is important to their everyday lives.
“They get so excited to do hands-on activities, experiments, and projects,” Munoz explains. “One thing I really want them to understand is that you need learning every day of your life. And learning science, as well as the world around us, is their real life. The things I’m teaching you [in the classroom] are important.”
Munoz has been teaching for three years and spent her entire career at Seguin Elementary. She says the last two years were very tough on her students because of the pandemic. But despite virtual learning, she tells us it has only strengthened the way she connects to her students.
“One big thing I took away from last year was using technology,” said Munoz. “I think this year I have used that technology and incorporated it into my classroom, into my lessons, and used lots of different platforms so that students are engaged and having fun to learn.”
When asked why she became a teacher, Mrs. Munoz says there were so many educators along the way who inspired her to follow in their footsteps.
“Growing up, there’s many teachers I can think of that really inspired me to become the teacher I am today. And I know without their passion and drive I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
Munoz is one of six Houston Independent School District (HISD) teacher finalists for the 2021-2022 alliantgroup SPARK Award. This award was created to recognize local teachers who are innovative in helping students learn about STEM. This year’s winner will be announced on May 26th.
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Christina Bradberry is a former Emmy nominated News Producer turned Multimedia pro. She joined alliantgroup in the spring of 2022 after nearly a decade in the news industry. When she’s not showcasing alliantgroup’s work in the community and innovative projects, you can find her on the water paddle boarding or on the dance floor learning to ballroom dance.