Meet the October COSP Educator of the Month

Mary S. Dominguez teaches at one.New Start, part of SJCOE County Operated Schools and Programs

 

Congratulations to Mary S. Dominguez the October Educator of the Month from San Joaquin County Office of Education County Operated Schools and Programs. This veteran teacher has been with the SJCOE since 2007, but her career has brought her to classrooms in South America and Europe before she landed in San Joaquin County.
She currently teaches at one.New Start. Here's what she has to say about her experience as a teacher.
What are your students surprised to learn about you? 
My students are surprised to learn that my family goes to Mexico to build homes for families in Tijuana. Last year we took two trips to build homes for two different families. That’s how I met my husband 14 years ago. We believe so strongly in this that we go as a family to do this. 
What do you love about teaching? 
As a mathematics educator, I love seeing my students engaging in math. It's so fun to see some of my younger students help the older students. A winning combination! 
I also love that my job allows me to build relationships with students that carries over into their lives when they leave the school or graduate. 
What is your experience in education? 
My first year of teaching was in Rubio, Venezuela teaching third- and fourth-graders for one semester. Then I went on to teach at the International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB) in Budapest, Hungary. There I taught sixth- through12th-graders for five years. 
Teaching overseas was the best experience I had. It was fun and challenging at the same time. I learned so much about myself along with being able to travel to many different countries during the school breaks. 
After Budapest, I came back to the states, where I taught math at Manteca High for five years and at Ripon High for one year. 
In October of 2007, I started working for the one.Program, where I taught at multiple sites. I was at one.Choice from January 2008 to September 2016, then I came to one.New Start. This is my 22nd year of teaching. 
What’s the best thing that has happened in your classroom the past month? 
A new student came into my class last week who is a seventh-grader. I paired her up with a ninth-grade girl in class. They were working on graphing on the coordinate plane. My ninth-grader got stuck and wasn't sure what to do next. 
My seventh-grader showed her what she needed to do, and then they both continued to work together. This seventh-grader had only been with me for two days. 
Who was your favorite teacher as a child? Why? 
Mr. Firebaugh was my favorite teacher in school. 
He was my chemistry teacher and really showed me that he believed in me and encouraged me to attend college. I was the first one in my family to go to college and graduate. 

Congratulations to Mary S. Dominguez the October Educator of the Month from San Joaquin County Office of Education County Operated Schools and Programs.

This veteran teacher has been with the SJCOE since 2007, but her career has brought her to classrooms in South America and Europe before she landed in San Joaquin County.She currently teaches at one.New Start. Here's what she has to say about her experience as a teacher.


What are your students surprised to learn about you?

 My students are surprised to learn that my family goes to Mexico to build homes for families in Tijuana. Last year we took two trips to build homes for two different families. That’s how I met my husband 14 years ago. We believe so strongly in this that we go as a family to do this. 

What do you love about teaching? 

As a mathematics educator, I love seeing my students engaging in math. It's so fun to see some of my younger students help the older students. A winning combination! I also love that my job allows me to build relationships with students that carries over into their lives when they leave the school or graduate. What is your experience in education? My first year of teaching was in Rubio, Venezuela teaching third- and fourth-graders for one semester. Then I went on to teach at the International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB) in Budapest, Hungary. There I taught sixth- through12th-graders for five years. 

Teaching overseas was the best experience I had. It was fun and challenging at the same time. I learned so much about myself along with being able to travel to many different countries during the school breaks. After Budapest, I came back to the states, where I taught math at Manteca High for five years and at Ripon High for one year. In October of 2007, I started working for the one.Program, where I taught at multiple sites. I was at one.Choice from January 2008 to September 2016, then I came to one.New Start. This is my 22nd year of teaching. 

What’s the best thing that has happened in your classroom the past month? 

A new student came into my class last week who is a seventh-grader. I paired her up with a ninth-grade girl in class. They were working on graphing on the coordinate plane. My ninth-grader got stuck and wasn't sure what to do next. My seventh-grader showed her what she needed to do, and then they both continued to work together. This seventh-grader had only been with me for two days. 

Who was your favorite teacher as a child? Why? 

Mr. Firebaugh was my favorite teacher in school. He was my chemistry teacher and really showed me that he believed in me and encouraged me to attend college. I was the first one in my family to go to college and gradu

Posted: 11/3/2017