October Staff Highlight: Ms. Lee
What do you teach?
I teach U.S. History to a spirited group of 11th graders and Global History to a fabulous cohort of 9th graders!
Why do you teach?
I teach because I truly believe it was what I was born to do! My entire life, I have pictured myself in a classroom. I think that I learn more about history and the world around me from my students than I have in any other setting. Seeing my students succeed is #1, and I will do whatever it takes for them to reach their personal best.
What do you love about AMS II?
It's truly a family. I can count on the entire staff and all students to greet me with a smile and respect on any given day. Of course, we all have off days, and even those off days are good at AMS II.
3 Things people may not know about you?
1. I've visited 12 countries, I love to travel!
2. I'm an only child and grandchild (only kid in the family)
3. My favorite musical artists are The Beatles, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar
Are you new to teaching?
This is my second year teaching and my first year at AMS II! Last year I was at a small rural middle school in Upstate New York, so this is definitely a change of pace.
What are your hobbies outside of school?
I love to read, watch reality TV, and cook (/eat..)! I spend a lot of time with my friends and family (including my dogs) when I'm back home upstate, and since I've moved to Manhattan I'm trying to find new hobbies!
What are some highlights of yours since starting at AMS II?
My favorite moment since I joined AMS II was during lower house family dinner when I introduced myself to a parent and she already knew who I was because her child had talked about my class at home! It's important to me that my students carry what they learn and do in class into their everyday life.
What has been one of your favorite personal grows?
I'm learning so much about cultures different from my own as a result of teaching at AMS II and I feel really good about it.
What are your hopes for your students? What drives you?
I hope that my students reach their personal version of success and are truly happy. Seeing my students celebrate their victories drives me to help them achieve even more. If students could take one thing away from my class it would be the belief that we must respect and embrace everyone's differences.