My name is Miss Bagwell and I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English as well as 8th grade U.S. History at the Inter-American School in Xela, Guatemala. I graduated with my B.S. in Secondary Education as well as my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.
Here’s a little bit about why I decided to become a teacher:
My early education taught me that the world has too much to offer for us to sit still. I am a firm believer that we were created to be life long learners and explorers; that we were created to make stories and to share stories. That may just be the poet in me, but that is also why I became a teacher.
At 19 years old, at the international poetry competition Brave New Voices, I attended poet Beau Sia’s workshop entitled Hear the Future. Beau Sia’s message was simple: For every 3rd grader who cannot read, a new jail cell is built. It was in this moment that I realized my current major as a journalist was not enough for me. I did not want to be the person who wrote about the issues, I wanted to be the person who went in and fixed the issues. Sia also emphasized the importance of story telling. I began to recognize that as poets, we have the uncanny ability to write our way into freedom. Our stories are unique and prove that our existence is necessary. In that moment, I realized that our stories were what needed to reenter the classroom. As an educator, we are meant to engage our students’ lived experiences in the classroom setting. However, we must first know what those lived experiences are.
My goal as a teacher is to create a democratic classroom that empowers students to share their stories and take action; to not only learn about history but to also make history.