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  • March Mentor of the Month

    New Teacher Academy would like to congratulate Ms. Teresa Pena. She has been the campus curriculum coach at East Montana Middle School for the last four years, and was a participant of NTC’s Cohort 1. Her growth is especially evident in the way that she has helped to transform the PLCs at her campus: she notes that “the conversations are getting richer every year.” Her 13 years of experience as a dedicated educator manifests in her ability to give productive feedback to her teachers. Her hard work and dedication to her campus is apparent as her NTC minutes are consistent and admirable. For these and many other reasons, Ms. Pena is named as March’s Mentor of the Month. “I really enjoy working with teachers, doing the one on one.” Teresa Pena

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  • 8 Rules for Making the Right Decisions

    Never underestimate the impact a single decision can have: one wrong move can ruin a relationship, a career, a life, etc. We must choose wisely to generate joy in our lives. But when the road forks, confusion suddenly sets in. It's normal to feel bewildered when different options present different pros and cons. As we advance down the path of life, sudden shifts require our attention and quick thinking: Should I give this person another chance? Should I take this job opportunity? Should I invest in a new home? And under the pressure of making the correct choice, all or none of our choices may even seem right. Where, then, do we turn for guidance?

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  • 5 Things You Need to Do Before Testing Begins

    As much as I love the Spring Time, I hate the fact that it’s also a reminder that state testing is right around the corner. Unfortunately, it’s not something that we can really escape! If so, I think we’d all be on that train #canIgetanAmen… What we CAN do, is make sure that we’re prepared for the BIG DAY so that it’s as stress-free as possible!

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  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon. Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom chaos. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, “Thanks for your attention––let’s talk about love poems.” I never used that stunt again. After all, should a real emergency occur, it would be better if students call 911 rather than post my motionless body on YouTube. I’ve thought this through.

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  • 5 Strategies to Help Boost Your Students' Self-Esteem and Confidence in the Classroom

    For some of your students, self-confidence in the classroom comes naturally. They tackle new materials head on and know how to get their points across. For your less-confident students, the day-to-day requirements of school can cause anxiety and frustration. They may question their abilities and struggle with the stress of balancing it all. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to positively influence your students and encourage them to feel proud of their abilities and accomplishments.

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Elementary New Teacher Mentor Coordinator

Nadia Tellez



Secondary New Teacher Mentor Coordinator

Rachel Ferreira



Secondary New Teacher Mentor Coordinator

Adrian Estorga



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