Hear from Alex O'Neal about the character-building and academics that make KIPP DFW so special.
I love that KIPP focuses on academics, but the character is what I like the most. Teaching values along with our academics and then celebrating kids when they embody the values. Showing the kids those positive characteristics and morals is incredibly rewarding.
During my freshman year of college, I wanted to be a meteorologist - I wanted to storm chase. But my father suggested looking into a career with more security. I realized I had always liked kids and liked pretending to teach with my dolls when I was little, so teaching seemed to be a natural fit.
“What makes me proud is seeing my students grasp concepts that they never thought they could. You can really feel the ‘thank you’ in that moment - and that pushes me to think about what I can do to further my education and my practice so my students can get where they need to be in their lives.”
I'm proud to be chasing my student's dreams with them every day at KIPP Destiny.
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