Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Elementary Education Northwestern State University M.S Educational Leadership Arkansas State University Louisiana Level 2
Hello, I am Sonya Ross. My roots are in DeRidder, Louisiana, but I've lived Baton Rouge and Leesville as a child. I am a mother, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a cousin, and a child. I am somebody to somebody. So, I really enjoy hosting and attending family functions. I listen to books on tape/cd during long road trips. When I retire from education, I plan to work in the hospitality field, so I can get discounts on hotel rooms during my trips. How did I get into education?
While in elementary school, I participated in a French Immersion Program. That is when I decided to be become a French/English teacher. I graduated from Northwestern State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I accepted my first teaching position to be with family and began my career as middle school math teacher. While teaching at Pickering High School, I held many titles. I worked as the credit/grade recovery facilitator for about five years. I sponsored Jr. High Cheerleading for three years and Varsity cheerleading for two years. After eight years, I moved to Arkansas and taught in their school districts four years. I served as mentor for two years while in Arkansas. During my time there I received a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. I returned to Louisiana in 2017, where I have been the 7th grade math teacher at Ray D. Molo Middle School and contniue to grow as an educator.
During my teaching career I have seen change; leadership, district, state testing, curriculum to name a few. However, after teaching in Title 1 schools in two states, one thing that has not changed is the student's math fear/ anxiety. I originally wanted to be a French/English teacher not math. I had math fear/ anxiety. I was certified but that did not mean I was highly qualified. I learned quickly that practice makes you better not perfect. As a teacher my goal is to help students become better not just with math but with life. The fear/ anxiety will not go away within nine months, but it needs to lessen a little bit each day because they are practicing. Practice is more than just them doing math problems, its collaboration, communication, celebrations, and many other real-world skills. Even with all math experience, I still have math fear/ anxiety when I enter a room with other math teachers, However, it is not the same as when I first started because I have been practicing. So, if I can get students to practice those real-world skills in all aspects of their life then the fear/ anxiety lessens a little bit each time.