Ms. Jen Roberts


Ms. Jen Roberts

Point Loma High
San Diego, California

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

I was really lucky to have many awesome teachers who cared about me personally and took an interest in my learning. I think singling out one to name would be unfair to all the fabulous adults who expanded my mind.

What are three things every teacher should own?

1. A staple gun (This should not be used for classroom management.)
2. A camera
3. A classroom library (No matter what subject you teach.)

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Well, my current principal is fabulous. I even followed her when she changed schools even though it meant making a scary leap from middle school to high school six years ago. She puts the kids first and isn't afraid to push adults out of their comfort zone if it will make a difference for students.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

There is some evidence that I would have been a good lawyer, but I don't like their dress code. Novelist would be fun.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

I think I'm always pretty enthusiastic about whatever I am teaching. Our 9th grade team put together lots of great units last year. I loved teaching all of them. Our comparative analysis unit was particularly fun, but so was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) because the whole 9th grade was doing it.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

The greatest misconception about teachers is that we have free time. Also, lots of parents seem to think we can grade 180 essays in a weekend.

What stereotype about teachers is true?

I don't think any stereotype about any group is 100% true, but teachers are generally smart, well educated and dedicated to students.

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I'm a third generation teacher on both sides of my family. It's genetic.

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