Mayra Mateos received
her B.A. from Rutgers University in Art and Spanish
Education, followed by an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia
University in Curriculum and Teaching. She earned the Reading
Specialist Degree from the University of Miami.
She has worked in many school districts and in various states
including New York City, N.Y., Fort Lee, N.J. and Miami Dade
Public Schools, Fl. She has been an adjunct professor at Miami
Dade College in the department of ESL and Foreign Languages
since 2000. After many years of teaching, she sees her job as a
rewarding and challenging experience.
My educational philosophy is closely related to the limited English
proficient population. I am always searching for ways to help my
students become more competent in their second language. Therefore,
my perspective on teaching is to connect early and often with
students; to encourage students to be active, engaged learners, and
continue to develop a full range of learning approaches.
with self-assessment, a teacher must learn to transform past
successes to an even higher level of student success in the years to
come. He or she must be open for reflection and constructive
dialogues within the school environment, which will lead to a change