4-21-2017 – Eastvale – Meet Eva Isett! She is a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School!
She has been teaching for 11-years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside and a Teaching Credential and Master’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles. She became a teacher so students can see her as someone who believes in their ability to be successful.
“I decided to become a teacher because I grew up in a rough barrio [neighborhood] in East Los Angeles where expectations for teenagers were very low,” she says, “I yearned to have some sort of connection with a teacher; someone who would believe I could achieve something greater.”
Her favorite part about teaching is interacting with her students and learning about their successes, both in and out of school.
“I get to share with them my passion for the Spanish language and Latino culture,” she says, “There are times I can’t believe I get paid to do something I love so passionately.”
Mrs. Isett’s teaching philosophy revolves around passion and compassion.
“My teaching philosophy is that we must not only be passionate and excited about what we teach, we must also be compassionate and caring towards our students,” she says, “I want my students to feel that I genuinely care about their well-being and provide them with multiple opportunities to be successful.”
She says she wants her lessons to empower and raise her students’ awareness of the world around them.
“I believe that this is done by teaching students to continually question and make meaning of the world by critically examining their learning,” she says.
A typical day in the classroom consists of Mrs. Isett greeting her students at the door and beginning every class with Una Rosa y Una Espina (A Rose and a Thorn).
“I begin each and every class period by having students share something positive going on in their life (rose) and something not so positive (thorn),” she says, “I absolutely love doing this five minute exercise because it gives me great insight into my students’ personal lives while simultaneously fostering a sense of community in my classes.”
The class period continues with Mrs. Isett asking her students a reflective question to discuss with one another and then share with the class.
“This is usually followed by partner games and oral presentations,” she says, “Effective oral communications skills are key to the modern workplace so I believe we must practice in our classes so my daily lessons incorporate many opportunities to practice. I believe that as a teacher, we must encourage our students to have opinions and respectfully share them with others.”
Her favorite inspirational quote is one by Bell Hooks who reminds her of the power of love; “The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”
Mrs. Isett loves to travel to Mexico with her husband and children to explore the culture, cuisine, and traditions of different Mexican Pueblos (towns).
Here are a few words of encouragement from Mrs. Isett:
“My son taught me a valuable lesson about failure when I took him to the skating rink for the first time. I was absolutely mortified that he would fall and hurt himself. He was visibly annoyed at how I wanted to protect him from every potential danger and so he turned to me and said, “Mom, it’s my first time skating and everyone falls when they’re learning and everything is going to be fine.” I think think this lesson can be applied to any aspect of our life where we are attempting something for the first time and feel pressured to reach immediate mastery. It’s okay to fail as long as we get back up and keep on trying.”