Why I Became a Teacher...

All about me...

My name is Andrea Ortiz and I am currently a Kindergarten teacher at Decker Prairie Elementary. I joined the Tomball ISD family in January 2016. When I started working for Tomball ISD, I was very excited and looking forward to a new journey! I am ecstatic to say that I am still excited about working for Tomball ISD and being part of a wonderful family. The students, parents, staff, and administration are all extraordinary people with a lot to give and contribute to the culture of our community.

I am a graduate of the University of Houston Main Campus with a degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education through 6th grade, as well as being ESL certified. I also have an associates degree from Lone Star College for Early Childhood Education.  I am a mother to an amazing young lady, Kindil Ortiz (8th grade) and Dallas (3 years old) who is a future DPES student!

I would like to share a story about my experience with my own education as a child. It is a story I share with students every year to let them know how much my education means to me and how I overcame a large struggle in my life.

When I was a child, I had a lot of hearing issues and I missed out on a lot of instruction that taught me how to read and use comprehension skills. As I struggled, I dealt with children making fun of me and treating me as if I were a different person. I had to wear a hearing device and always sat next to the teacher in all lessons. Once I was in the fourth grade, I began to figure out ways of introducing other students into my world and letting them know how difficult it was for me on a daily basis. One day I asked my teacher if I could do something special and allow the other students to wear my hearing device and talk into the teacher microphone. This activity opened the eyes of other students in my class and allowed other students to feel comfortable to begin asking questions and learn.

I was thankful for this experience because my peers began to realize that sometimes, when I was struggling, all I needed was a little boost of encouragement and assistance from them. My classmates and I had a personal experience in the power of peer tutoring and working together to explore and engage in classroom lessons. Unfortunately, as I got older this experience diminished and was not always as positive. I even had a teacher in High School tell my mom and I that I would never be successful and I should not even think about going to college. I ended up taking this information and using it to my advantage. Once I told myself that I could be successful and that I could do anything I put my mind to, I was able to accomplish my goals and my dreams. I ended up going to college and graduating with honors, Magna Cum Laude!

Moral to my story is, no matter how hard something may be in life, it is up to us to have perseverance and work hard to be successful! I want students to know that working in peer groups will be present in our classroom and teach them about how I believe in peer tutoring.

If you have any questions or would like to know a little bit more about my story, let me know!