Anita Unzueta, 2018 Fellow
Second Grade Bilingual Teacher
Little Village Academy | Chicago, IL
Teaching in a neighborhood in which most students face significant challenges due to gang violence, poverty and crime, Anita feels it is her responsibility to walk into school each morning with a positive attitude and open mind to help every one of her students. She believes in the power of setting high expectations and big goals and holds her students accountable for working hard every day. Having come from a similar background of growing up in a gang-infested neighborhood while attending a public school, Anita understands the importance of providing a safe and secure school environment for her students. She believes that education is most effective when families are involved in student learning and activities, and her effort to develop relationships with parents has helped her to understand the emotional needs of her students better. For several years, Anita has facilitated social and emotional parent workshops to help parents promote a home culture of trust and communication. In partnership with the school counselor, Anita works to help her students’ families find the support they need from school and community resources. She is a tireless advocate for her students’ success. Her students experience a positive learning culture in which they feel appreciated, respected and loved each day.
Anita is also a graduate of the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program, which provides intensive preparation and mentoring to aspiring teachers who commit to teaching in an Illinois school-of-need for five years.
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