Something that I admire about teachers is that they want to make a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers are committed to helping their students. They are unselfish by nature. They are willing to sacrifice to insure that their students get the required help that they need.

The first time that I ever thought of helping others occurred when I was six years old. Picking cotton with my family during the summer months gave me an opportunity to listen to parents sharing their dreams of a better life for their children. It was during that time period that I decided to become a teacher. I wanted to help make those parents’ dreams a reality. Later that year, while I was at school, I was given an opportunity by my teacher to help my peers. I learned quickly that I had an innate ability to explain mathematics. At that time, I knew that I wanted to be the best teacher that I could be.

During my teaching and coaching career at McAllen High School, my students came from different financial and academic backgrounds. I worked diligently to help all of my students. I wanted to assist each in having a better life in the future. I believed that of all vocations, there was no other that could touch the future more than teaching. I know that teachers accept that parents trust them with their children. Teaching requires individuals that are responsible. Teaching requires individuals that are committed to being the best teacher possible, because it is what students deserve.

For more than 40 years, I have worked with students from elementary school through high school. Many of my ex-students have communicated with me years after finishing their studies. I am pleased to say that some decided to become teachers because of me. Others have dedicated parts of their lives to helping family, friends and their peers. Many have told me that I was an excellent role model for them. I have also learned that some of my ex-students have done voluntary work at schools. In many ways, students are paying it forward. Making a difference in students lives have inspired many individuals to become teachers.

Although I am currently a retired classroom teacher, I love that I am able to teach online. Teaching online keeps me working at improving my teaching skills. I have also tried to make a difference in students’ lives by writing instructional mathematics workbooks. That is why I started my company, Ram Materials, in 1983. I will continue helping students as long as God gives me the opportunity to do it.

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