In this series, we sit down with our teachers and ask them about their experiences teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont, what motivates them, and some other fun questions. Today we talk with Ms. Adrianna Villanueva, our 4th grade Learning Expert Teacher.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
My students are the reason why I am excited to come to school every day. I often find myself calling them “my kids” because I truly enjoy the time I spend with them in and outside of the classroom. Even when my students are challenged with an assignment, they are hard workers who keep asking questions until they find the correct answer. I appreciate that our school teaches children how to have a growth mindset so that they can be optimistic learners.
What do you hope students take away from your classes?
By the end of the school year, I hope my students learn the importance of treating others the way they would like to be treated. I have exposed my students to some sensitive subjects such as poverty and discrimination in short stories during READ because I want them to be aware of these issues in society at a young age. Many of our students are privileged and I want them to know they can make a difference through acts of kindness to people in their community.
Can you think of a memorable anecdote from teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
The best moment I have had teaching this year was hearing one of my 4th grade students say “I am so happy I came to this school!” with a vibrant smile on her face. That was a moment of reassurance that my students are happy to be at BASIS Independent Fremont just as much as I am.
What do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?
I enjoy working out, practicing yoga, eating food, and watching movies.
Can you share some of your accomplishments or awards with us?
I was the first person from my father’s family to graduate college.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
When I was in elementary school I remember having amazing teachers who were loving, positive role models. I entered college planning to major in Child Development because I always enjoyed interacting with younger children. After my first two years of college, I realized that English was a subject that came naturally to me and I should consider incorporating that in my future. Teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont is the perfect fit for me because I have the opportunity to teach writing assignments in Connections class that are relevant to lessons taught in the core subjects.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is one of my favorite quotes because the phrase inspires me as an educator. Children are the future generation who will shape society for the better.
What are some of your favorite all-time books?
As an adolescent, I really enjoyed reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. As a teacher, I find myself reading more children’s books than adult novels lately. I am always curious to know what books my students are interested in and try to choose stories that relate to their interests.
Is there someone who you consider to be an inspiration? If so, who are they and why are they an inspiration to you?
My grandmother, Virginia, is my biggest inspiration because she took care of me as a child when my parents were busy at work. I have never met a woman who was so hardworking and always took care of others before herself. I keep a picture of her on my desk to remind myself that even though she has passed away she will always be my motivation to be a great teacher like she was to me.