Bernardo Yorba Middle School welcomes Ms. Yoo for the 2020-2021 school year as a new math and ELD teacher.
Although this is Ms. Yoo’s first year of teaching, she has student-taught eighth-grade math at Travis Ranch Middle School previously. This year, she has faced many challenges both good and bad. “One of the most difficult challenges is navigating through remote learning during a pandemic,” Ms. Yoo stated in an interview with Matador Messenger,.“I am sad I can’t meet and see the faces of all my students this year. It’s been hard to build a real connection with my students on Zoom and even in person because it’s only twice a week.”
Ms. Yoo stated that from a very young age she knew that she wanted to become a teacher. “After entering high school, I realized teaching is not an easy job. Then after college, I worked in the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove as a youth development professional and it reignited my passion to be in the classroom and educate the youth,” she explained.
Ayesha Ali says that, “She (Ms. Yo) is always helpful and always makes sure we understand the lesson.”
Ms. Yoo graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a major in psychology and social behavior and a minor in education and earned her Single SubjectTeaching Credential for foundational level math to teach in middle school from California State University Fullerton
Outside of teaching, Ms. Yoo enjoys hanging out at Disneyland with some friends, playing her guitar, and watching movies.
To help her students be more successful this year, Ms. Yoo encourages them to always ask for help and lets them know that they can always email her if they have a question. She said, “It’s always hard being the one to initiate, but I want them to start building their confidence to ask for help from their teachers. It’s easy as one email to receive support to reduce any confusion, misunderstandings, and I want them to know we, teachers, are here to help them!”.
A quote Ms. Yoo refers to help her guide her teaching is “People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you make them feel” by Maya Angelou. This quote reminds her of the reality that students will not remember 100% of everything she teaches in class but that’s not the point of teaching. “As much as students need to retain information given in class, it is more important that I make them feel safe, loved, and cared for within my classroom walls,” Ms. Yoo expressed. She doesn’t mind if she’s not remembered as the smartest teacher, but she does want to be remembered as a teacher who cares and loves their students.
A goal Ms. Yoo have for her students this year is to try their very best. She concluded, “Whether it is an easy task or a challenging goal, I encourage my students to always try and don’t give up after the first try.”