Meet Ms. Robledo: ESL Teacher

Pic1Ms. Robledo was born and raised in Southern California and lived in Central California during middle and high school. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education. During college, Ms. Robledo worked as an Academic Counselor helping high school students apply to college/scholarships and leading workshops around their pursuit of a higher education. After graduating, she moved back to Southern California and worked as a Site Supervisor in an after school program in an elementary school. Ms. Robledo’s hobbies include exploring different places/traveling and finding great places to eat!

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I’m excited about joining the Alma team because of the high expectations the school sets for all students. I believe that if the bar is raised high for all students, it can be reached and I want to be part of a school that has a permanently raised academic bar. I am also excited about joining the tight-knit community found in the school!

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I am thrilled to be an ESL teacher because I am hoping to contribute my background of being an English Language Learner myself. I struggled to learn English in elementary school and still remember how helpful it was to have teachers who shared a similar background as my own. I also remember how much I struggled when teachers were not patient for me to learn the language, so I cannot wait to contribute all of my lived experiences with other students!
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal during my first year with Alma will be to build relationships with students and staff. I hope to first and foremost form trustworthy relationships with all of my students and ensure that I am a support system they can seek out inside or outside of school. It is also one of my goals to build strong relationships with teachers because I know I can learn a lot from teachers with a lot of experience.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Batson, has been one of the most impactful role models in my life to this day. My parents always pushed me to go to college but as a first-generation college student, they were unable to help me in my pursuit of a higher education. Mrs.Batson invited me to her classroom during lunchtime and after school and she helped me research colleges and pushed me to apply to schools I would have never thought of applying to on my own. She helped me write my college essays and had me rewrite them completely when she thought that I was capable of writing a better one. Mrs.Batson not only pushed me to challenge myself but continued to support me while I was struggling with homesickness and stress in college. She is the type of teacher I aspire to be!

Why did you become involved in education?

I grew up in a small, 1-bedroom apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood. My parents have always lived paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet. They were only able to receive an elementary level education in Mexico and therefore always pushed my three siblings and me to do well in school so we could work with our brains and not with our backs. Since I was a young girl, I have wanted to make their sacrifices worthy by reaching their dreams of having college educated children. Because I always attended underprivileged schools in K-12, the resources necessary to apply and prepare for college were scarce. However, I had a handful of teachers who believed in me more than I believed in myself and really pushed me to succeed academically so that I could one day be a college graduate. Now that I have received my Bachelor’s degree, I want to give back to communities similar to the ones I grew up in and help other students the way my teachers have helped me.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to UC Berkeley and my favorite thing about my campus was getting to know so many different people from diverse backgrounds. Berkeley was where I learned to be independent and where I learned survival skills (like cooking!) and I will always be grateful for that.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Disneyland! I try to go once a year during the holidays (I love everything Disney).

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is authentic, home cooked Mexican food-I love cooking with family and friends, especially during the holidays.

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