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Learners and Teachers: Jesus Carrera

Recently graduated from Bates College in 2020 with Bachelor of Science in math and a second major in classical studies, Mr. Carrera completed a master’s program at Johns Hopkins this spring, earning a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in secondary math education. Through a DC Urban Teachers Program that included support for his master’s degree, Mr. Carrera will continue learning through a two-year coaching program that pairs him with a more experienced teacher.
 
“I have wanted to be a teacher since I graduated from high school,” he explained. “I have had great teachers in the past who have made a difference with me, and I hope to do the same with my students. Those teachers greatly influenced me to be the person I am today, and I am incredibly thankful for that. I think that education is powerful and teaching is a profession where I can use that power to empower my students.”
 
Mr. Carrera began teaching while at Bates, he said, volunteering as a tutor and a teacher’s aide in a middle school. He’s looking ahead to the next step of his educational journey, which is getting a doctorate in math education or math. Before he embarks on that next step, he does plan to give himself the time and energy to fully devote to teaching math to his IDEA scholars.
 
He came to IDEA in 2020 during the pandemic. Starting his dream job as a virtual teacher wasn’t what he pictured, but it gave him a foundation for the in-person teaching he has been able to do in 2021-2022. “Thanks to my colleagues at IDEA and my graduate classes, I am having the most amazing learning experiences of my whole life,” Mr. Carrera noted. "Being able to see what really good teachers do in the classroom is a huge step forward in my knowledge.”
 
He also said that he and his IDEA colleagues "have worked hard this year to make up for the learning losses our scholars suffered during the pandemic. It’s heartbreaking to see how much scholars struggle to catch up.” 
 
Why math? For Mr. Carrera, it’s fun. “It’s a creative endeavor for me that helps keep my brain active. It’s like doing a puzzle because often there is more than one way to solve a math problem so creativity comes into play.”
 
Why keep going to school? “Knowledge is power,” was Mr. Carrera’s answer. “No one can take away what I have learned and will learn and that’s true for all of us. Even better, I can pass on what I know to my students so they can realize their goals and dreams. As a first-generation college graduate, that’s a big motivator.”
 
Photo Caption: Jesus Carrera attends IDEA's 2022 senior prom, along with other faculty and staff.
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