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Yahaira Maldonado


Cell Phone: (585) 747-8911 Ext. 119

Subject: Spanish Teacher

How long have you been a teacher?

Before I was a teacher I was studying Forensic Sciences with a minor in Criminal Law. Halfway through my internship I realized that this wasn't meant for me. So I made the change to Education once I did some volunteer work with a friend of mine in RCSD. I just knew then I was meant to be a teacher and thats when I switched my major. I have been teaching Spanish for almost 5 years now . I worked for different charter schools and suburban schools district. I also worked as a tutor at the YMCA and for Fairport District. I still tutor from time to time.

What is your philosophy as a teacher?

In my perspective their are few pillars of teaching must come across before giving any type of instruction. Getting to know your students in the beginning, middle, and at the end is crucial. Students go threw stages of life and if you cannot understand the dynamics behind it then how can you teach them? Earning a students trust is important. Also regaining their trust is important as well. At times relationships die down with students and it could be multiple things but building the structure back up shows not only integrity but heart. Once this established you are unstoppable with your students.

What motivates you to be at Vertus? (what is your “why?")

"Don't fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today." Everyday their is new opportunities to face which can be exciting and fearful at the same time. Every time I come into Vertus there are new adventures to tackle on. There is new goals to meet that I cannot just stand still. Once you overcome being feared you will reach up to highest elements guaranteed.

Who are you outside of Vertus?

I am a writer. Ever since I was a child I knew I would love write. The thrive I get is amazing. I have a few books being published as we speak. I love to cook. I realized I loved to cook once I took control of my eating habits. All my meals are healthy but once in a while I make my famous "Arroz con pollo y frijoles" =" Rice & beans with chicken" or "Sancocho" = "3 different meats soup" also my famous " Mofongo con camarones"= Mashed up fried plantains with shrimp. I get these requests all the time from family and friends. I love photography as well. I love taking pictures of myself and others as well. I also am a student. Currently I am working on my masters in Foreign language Education.

What is your motivational message for students, current or future?

"One day you are going to have everything you wished for. Start working towards it today!"

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