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March 16, 2022 12:18 am

Dear Laura,

I am fascinated by your story, Inspire, because you were very straightforward with all the hardships you encountered and were not afraid to acknowledge how sometimes the lack of encouragement from teachers may impact us. It really makes the audience reflect and make connections to times they have also been in a similar situation.

One phrase that was mentioned in the video that stood out to me was, ¨It is important to know our students and how they feel¨. I think this is important because sometimes there may be a lack of communication that may rise and it usually doesn´t end too well for the students. Even for you, the teachers failed to recognize where and why you truly needed help.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you aren´t afraid of telling the truth of your own experiences. You have a strong voice and I truly admire that.


January 28, 2022 11:57 pm

Wonderful story about your journey of becoming a teacher. I am sure you will make an excellent teacher as long as you are dedicated to the education of students like you who need help and encouragement from a teacher or someone who cares about them.

January 28, 2022 11:43 pm

Thank you for sharing your story in such an engaging way! One part of this animation that stands out for me is how you included so many aspects of media within the entire piece. I was always eager to see what would come next. Also, I love how you narrated your story while also having your illustration have thought bubbles emerge to share more of your voice using a different formation. Your craft and choices flow beautifully, and the depth of your journey is heard through all the parts of your story!

January 28, 2022 11:42 pm

Bravo Laura! The images you selected or drew really highlighted the personal story you told. I thought it was interesting that the “face” on your character (you) did not change, and yet I saw you as sad or happy based on the surrounding images. I am always saddened when a student expresses “maybe I am not that smart.” It is usually more a reflection of the people around you who do not see your light and brilliance. I am glad you finally found your community of students and educators who provided a “high quality environment” and helped you achieve your goals.

Maritza Merino
January 28, 2022 11:41 pm

I was fascinated with your Scratch Project! Look how far you have made it Laura!!! I am so glad that you had great teachers who helped you get through this difficult time of learning a new language. I know you will be a great teacher to all your future students and will inspire many to enter the teaching profession.

January 28, 2022 11:41 pm

Wow, Laura. What an inspiration! I love how warm and heartfelt your words are in the recording, and the drawing of your “narrator” and the way she moves from space to space is fun! I could feel the pull of wanting to return to your country when you were sent to night school, and I’m glad you stayed to become an educator. You will have much to give your students in the future. Nice scratch skills here too!

Aimee Grace Embaba Ngatse
Aimee Grace Embaba Ngatse
January 28, 2022 11:39 pm

This story was so touching and reminded me of my own story. I had teachers who also assisted me to be the best of me. The imagery and everything, even incorporating voice was really good aside from us just reading the text.

NIki Fayne
January 28, 2022 11:36 pm

I was deeply touched by your story. I was taken aback when you mentioned that you really wanted to “go home” and leave the US. I am happy that you did not act on this feeling. We need teachers who can share their experiences with students in their classrooms and help them succeed.

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