Meet Ms. Ruby Our New Math Teacher
October 15, 2018 | ISSUE 10
By Yuanrong Chen & Tom Han
Ms. Ruby started teaching at our school this year 2018-2019. She replaced another Ms. Ruby who is now teaching on team E3. She’s new but maybe not. She was graduated from our school in 2007, and just started teaching our school this year. To help students can learn more about her, we set up an interview with our school’s newest teacher.
Q: Why I choose to teach at this school?
Ms. Ruby: Since I graduated from this school I know how immigrants life looks like. I know what’s the struggle that new immigrants will face. Therefore I decide to teach in here so I can provide supports emotionally and academically.
Q: What’s the key that you think can help new immigrants to learn English?
Ms. Ruby: I will say study hard because English is not our first language. They need to know how to separate their play time and study time. When I went to college since English is not my first language what I did is if the people who are born here study two hours, I will study four hours, so we need to try hard in order to be successful.
Q: Since you’re an immigrant, how did you adapt to this new environment in here?
Ms. Ruby: I don’t know; it just came naturally. Maybe just stay after school, join clubs, sports team, and I watched a lot of American TV shows.
Q: Is there anyway you can help students get along with each other who speak different languages?
Ms. Ruby: That’s my question too. I don’t want to call it a problem. They stay together because they speak same language. We don’t want to separate them. Maybe we should come up with some group actively where Spanish speakers can hang out with Chinese speakers.
Q: What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own?
Ms. Ruby: I have two dogs and they both are poodles.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
Ms. Ruby: My dream vacation would be a tour around the world with my family and my two pets.
Q: What inspires you?
Ms. Ruby: Students.
Q: Who is your favorite singer or actor?
Ms. Ruby: BTS.
Q: If you were not a teacher, what would you want to be? Why?
Ms. Ruby: If I were not a teacher, I would be a pianist because I love playing the piano.
Q: Since you graduated from this school, what do you think you can do better than other teachers?
Ms. Ruby: Yes, so now I know the importance of collaboration. Immigrants needs to work as a team, so I suggest you guys collaborate as much as possible because there is only one teacher and around 25 students in the class. I don’t speak Chinese, Spanish or Urdu, so collaboration is the key to success. Also, teach because when you teach another make you learn more.
Q: How do you remember all of your students’ names?
Ms. Ruby: I don’t know how I remember all of their names because it’s a lot, but the reason why I try to remember them is because I want to build a positive relationship with them by knowing their name first.
Q: What are your must-have smartphone apps?
Ms. Ruby: Photobucket to save photos.
Q: Which superhero would you be and why?
Ms. Ruby: Marvel Girl, a caring, nurturing person who has had a tough life and have a big imagination.
Q: If you create a new instagram account who would you follow first?
Ms. Ruby: Any Instagram account that is about cooking.