by CELINE PHU
With a new school year comes change and opportunity, especially for new coordinated science teacher Jorge Ramirez in Room S-5.
Ramirez has been teaching for 20 years, having instructed students at Eastmont Intermediate for seven years and Van Nuys Junior High for 12 years. Wanting to experience high school life from the perspective of a teacher, Ramirez came to Schurr this fall.
Ramirez graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in biology with communication studies as his minor. Inspired by his English instructor, Ramirez decided to return to school in order to pursue his love for teaching.
“Actually, I originally planned on being a scientist—like a chemist—but I really liked teaching people in class,” said Ramirez.
He plans to make his science classes more exciting for his students by giving them interactive projects.
“I want my students to have a more hands-on experience,” said Ramirez, “like working in labs or with computer animations.”
In addition to being a part of his students’ high school career, Ramirez also wishes to impact their future.
“I don’t want my students to see Coordinated Science 3-4 as just a requirement,” said Ramirez. “I want to help them see the possibilities that can come from taking this class, such as going to ELAC [East Los Angles College] or finding a job,”
Common Core has affected many teachers, causing them to adjust their teaching methods to fit the new curriculum and standards. Despite controversy about its effectiveness, Ramirez feels that these new styles of teaching will be beneficial to his students’ education.
His reaction to Common Core methods is that they are “right on par with what we are trying to accomplish, moving away from the multiple choice thought process.”
So far, Ramirez is enjoying his new work environment, particularly liking Schurr’s schedule.
“With my former schedule, teachers would hold our meetings Mondays after school from 2:20 to 3:30, sometimes even longer. At Schurr, the meetings are in the mornings, so they are never excessively long.”
With a vision for his students, Ramirez aims to not only educate them but to spark their interests in the science fields as well.