First year teachers: Pause. And just keep swimming.


By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, First Grade Teacher, KIPP Austin Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming. I found myself tweeting this a few weeks ago when I was feeling what every teacher feels during certain points of the school year: PRESSURE! The pressure to do everything you can to make sure that every child […]

On Being Both the Teacher and the Student

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By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Kindergarten Teacher, KIPP Austin I am sure that many of you KIPPsters (teachers, parents, students, administrators) out there are well aware of your school’s mission and have it ingrained in your memory. I know I do. “KIPP Austin will empower under-served students to strengthen the academic skills, intellectual habits and character […]

Staying Motivated by Celebrating Success

Staying Motivated by Student Success

By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Spanish Lead Teacher, KIPP Austin It is difficult to describe my first year of teaching and my first year at KIPP. Let’s just say it was an intense whirlwind. Now I am two months into my second year of teaching and feeling excited to have my own classroom, nervous about achieving results, […]

Work hard. Bee nice.


By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Kindergarten Spanish Teacher Apprentice, KIPP Austin At KIPP Austin Comunidad (KACD) we start off our year with a unit on school values: Courage, Tenacity, Honor, Community and Quality. Every KIPP school shares the same two rules of work hard and be nice. At KACD we use our five school values to teach our students […]

My New Schedule – My New Motivation

Work hard. Bee nice.

By Sarah Elizabeth Gonzales, Kindergarten Spanish Teacher Apprentice, KIPP Austin Recently I’ve been thinking about what my life would be like if I hadn’t decided to work at KIPP. I mostly think about it when I get up every morning at 5:00 am. I’m not the best morning person; however, it is uncanny how thinking about the […]


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