James Michaud is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Greco Middle School.
Here at Greco, I enjoy seeing the students every day. I love the interactions I get to have with them on a regular basis. They are the reason I wake up every morning.
When it comes to students at Achievement Schools, they really are amazing students. One of the things the students here will tell you is that they just want someone who is real, and I do my best to keep it real with them. They find not just a teacher in me, but also a confidant. We have real conversations, life conversations. To me, it’s more than just teaching, it’s being a mentor.
As long as you show you care, and you build that relationship with them, they will respect you. All of last year, and so far this year, I have yet to write a disciplinary referral. One of the reasons is because I believe in building that relationship with the students.
One of the things I love, especially in AVID, is seeing the growth in the students and witnessing them developing into leaders.
I love the kids here. They need you. They need us. They need those people who want to be there for them.
I get to wake up every day knowing I’m making a difference in these kids’ lives.
This is Why #WeAchieveTogether.
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