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New Teacher Series: Bronx teacher shares her love of teaching

New Teacher Series: Bronx teacher shares her love of teaching

By Cassie Smith

Takisha Ogunyemi packed up her belongings and entered her car. Making her way from Bronx, New York, to Virginia she thought of her new future.

Ogunyemi was raised in Bronx, New York. She has obtained two degrees throughout her life, a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY and a master’s degree from Strayer University. She started teaching in 2005 and she admits that her favorite grades to teach are 9th-12th.

“I just enjoy the maturity of the students,” Ogunyemi said.

In room A-14 Ogunyemi teaches Intro to Employment; this is only one of the three subjects that she teaches. Ogunyemi also teaches Reading and Education for Employment.

Ogunyemi feels that she has made an impact when she runs across her former students working and loving outside these walls.

“My best memories are when I see students that I have had outside of school and they are doing something with their lives’,” Ogunyemi said. “I get such a happy demeanor when I see that.”

Education will remain at the core of Ogunyemis life.

“I plan on working in the field of education until I retire in 25-30 years. After retiring from public education, I plan on pursuing my dream of opening up my own school and continuing my work years with children,” Ogunyemis said. “I love the field of education and the inner reward of contributing to our future nurses, doctors, bankers, and so on and so forth.”

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    Lauren ogunyemiFeb 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

    She is an amazing teacher and i think it’s lovely that they would do an article.:)

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    Malikah WilliamsNov 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    This too is another series I am glad is apart of TRN this year. This allows students to see another side of teachers, as well as connect with the new teachers.

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    Madison GuidryNov 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I love teachers like this. They actually want to help and they treat their students like human beings. I am glad she is so passionate about her job.

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    Diana O.Nov 4, 2010 at 7:21 am

    The idea is great to incorporate new teachers into The Royal News. I am excited to see a series of articles on new teachers. Teachers will get the spot light they deserve instead of only being recognized by their students. The article examines teachers are also people too and with that knowledge it can help build the Teacher and Student relationship.

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    Trey CarterNov 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I think its great to introduce new teachers in TRN. When a student is able to see where the teacher comes from, it may be easier to relate to the new teacher on a educational level. Teacher-Student relationships should not be strictly school based, in order for one to succeed the student and teacher must understand each others views and background.

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    Jamar JohnsonOct 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    PG has so many teachers that it is hard to figure who teaches what. Now that there is a series about teachers, I might actually recognize them in the hall. This series would also help expose readers to classes that the students have not heard about. The EMT teacher article got out that there is an EMT class in PG while still focusing on the teacher. Two birds, one stone

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    Autrey J.Oct 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    This is interesting to learn about where a teacher comes from. It said “Series” in the name of the article, so is this going to continue with other teachers? It would be interesting to learn about teachers, but maybe a little more in depth.

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    Joseph P.Oct 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    It is great to see new teachers coming into the school and bringing new perspectives, enthusiasm, knowledge, and experiences; especially teachers so passionate about education and who love their job. A school can never have too many teachers, so long as every teacher loves their job!

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    Chris BaeOct 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Having a career is one thing, but having passion for your career is another thing. It is a very good thing that she enjoys what she does. If she did not have any motivation to teach then what would the students gain from someone who did not enjoy teaching?

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    Rachel ArnoldOct 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with everyone else that this article idea was really cool. I think that most students find it hard to look at their teachers as “real” people and if this idea continues, we might find out some interesting things about them. I thought that the most interesting thing about this new teacher was what she plans to do after she retires. She must really love her job to want to keep working when she doesn’t need to anymore.

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    Laken AdamsOct 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love how she is so passionate about her career. She seems like she really enjoys what she does and cares about her students. This is a really great idea for an article because it gives a new light to the views we have of our teachers. I am excited to see what other teachers will be covered.

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    Carrie YoungOct 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

    It is great to see that teachers here are so enthusiastic about their jobs and helping students be successful. I like how this shows another side of teachers that we know just as teachers. I hope to see more articles like this.

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    Olivia TritschlerOct 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Cool! It is a great idea to cover all the new teachers in school. I still don’t know a lot of the teachers (new or old) that teach and it might be a good idea to continue this for all the teachers. It gives a peak into a teachers life to give students a idea of what their teacher is like. I also didn’t know that our school offered employment classes.