Name: Adrianna Rosario
From: Hoschton, Georgia
School: Mill Creek High School
In sixth grade, I had a teacher tell me I was a ‘star.’ That year I was treated
with so much care and respect by her, I realized the real impact
teachers have on their students, and from then on I could not imagine
pursuing any other career than one in education.
I’ve had similar experiences throughout middle and high school, where I have
been awestruck by the amount of work, skill, and love educators put
into their job. That’s why I knew I had to do my small part to give
back to them. Since freshman year, I have provided classroom
assistance to my middle school Spanish teacher. I was very incorrect
to assume the work would start and stop at grading papers.
Two hours a day, two or three days a week, you can find me doing a multitude of things
in the classroom. The work did start at grading papers, but I
could have never imagined the expanse of other jobs necessary to keep
the classroom running. I found myself scanning papers, comparing the
content from two different textbooks, creating online quizzes, and
(my favorite) assisting students with their work. Dr. Parra never had
a lack of things for me to do, and although he never forgets to
express his gratitude for my help, I cannot repay him for the skills
he has taught me over the years.
Because of the nature of both the tasks given and of Dr. Parra himself, I learned
how to accomplish things efficiently and to a professional degree. I
got to a point where I knew what he wanted before he told me, and I
did not appreciate this skill until it became critical in other
I’ve managed to integrate similar work into my actual school day as well. During
lunch this past school year, I spent my time in yet another Spanish
classroom again completing whatever task my teacher handed to me. I
quickly realized that the work ethic I gained from the years with Dr.
Parra was helping understand exactly what a person needed from me. I
could grade more accurately, and make other tasks were done neatly,
and my teacher was very appreciative of that. Yet again I found
myself amazed at the amount of various responsibilities my teachers
had to handle in their daily lives. I cannot imagine that my work put
more than a dent in their to-do lists, but I am happy to do my part
if it makes anyone else’s life easier in the slightest. I am also
grateful for the skills my work and mentors have given me, and the
fact that it has not scared me away from the profession. Instead I am
will enter it with a better understanding and appreciation of what
I’m up against.