Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree, Biology Education, Faulkner University in Montgomery General Science Certificate
My name is Mrs. Acosta and I’m from Montgomery, AL. This is my fifth year teaching. I taught for four years at Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, AL where I was the Sophomore Class Sponsor and the Cross Country Sponsor. I attended Faulkner University in Montgomery and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Education, and hold a General Science certificate which makes me highly qualified to teach all subjects in the life sciences and the physical sciences. I have taught Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology to Freshmen, AP Biology to Seniors, and Physical Science to Sophomores. This year I teach Physical Science and Chemistry to Sophomores. Today’s date is August 7, 2019. Since my birthday is December 21, 1984, I am 34 years, 7 months, and 17 days old. That would be 1.09281249 x109 seconds old, give or take a few seconds of course.
I live with my husband Erik and my two children Connor and Dillon. Mr. Acosta is a Fire Alarm Contractor, which he loves after working in business for 10 years. Connor is in 7th grade at Monrovia Middle School, and Dillon starts 1st Grade at Endeavor Elementary. We have two dogs, Bo Jackson and River. Bo is an American Bulldog mix and River is a Labrador Retriever. They enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, camping. I also like to read teacher books, run (not sprint), and cheer on the Senators!
I like to work sports events of every sport and cheer on my students from the sidelines. I think it is neat to see you work competitively in areas other than academics. As a former Sophomore Class Sponsor, I take pride in seeing my students succeed in and out of the classroom. That’s what makes me want to be involved, because you are involved.
After college, I was so happy to be finished that I went right in to teaching. Now I miss being a student. My after college plans are beginning to take on a different role. I am looking to continue my own education someday soon. My greatest asset to offer to a University or professional career would be my organizational skills. It usually works in my favor when documenting classroom behavior to present to parents, case managers, coaches, and administrators. I take pride in hard work and determination, and do my best all the time.
If I were an expert in something, it would probably be the ability to pick out a cell phone being used in the classroom when someone isn’t supposed to be using it. I got really good at it last year. I’ll be looking for them this year, for sure. Something that you probably didn’t know about me is I played trumpet for 2 years in junior high school and joined the band’s Colorguard Team for 4 years in high school. I was also on the basketball dance team.
If you ask last year’s students about me, they would probably say that I bribed them with Dum Dums to do their best work. They would probably say that I made them write-a lot, even though it was good for their literacy skills, regardless of their ability to read and write. They would also probably argue which period was my favorite, even though they all were my favorite in their own unique ways. Sometimes I have trouble learning a new concept, but that’s okay. That’s the process. If you don’t understand something, you research it until you understand it, and if all else fails, ask someone or look it up on YouTube. Not everyone gets it the first time around. It isn’t okay, however, to not ask for help though. That’s why I’m here.
Most would think that Science would have been my favorite subject in high school, but it was actually History. Coach Miller was the girls’ softball coach, and was super fun in class too. He made learning fun. Sometimes he would have to give us notes, but other times he would play Jeopardy. Then we only had one benchmark for each subject and we had to pass before we could graduate. Everything that Coach Miller taught us was on that exam. He was a good influence on us academically. The most influential person in my life is my mother. She taught me how to be a lady, how to not wash out my dirty laundry in public (aka drama), and more importantly, to not give up. Life still goes on everyday and at the end of the day, you still have to get some sleep.
The most difficult life lesson that I’ve ever had to learn was patience. Grown ups used to say to me when I was little, “Patience is a virtue”. I had no idea what that meant until I had children of my own. Please begin practicing patience now. It will serve you well in the future. On the other hand, something that was easy for me to learn was beach volleyball. I like to play whenever I can, even though it isn’t often enough.
I look forward to learning more about how to teach you better this year. I am eager to try new things to help you learn, even though there is a chance of confusion. I am accommodating if you need help. Most importantly, I am supportive of your learning of other subjects to make you a well rounded student.
One lesson that I had to learn the hard way was to stay positive. There are so many negative influences out there in the world that you need to be aware of. It is so much easier to be negative and shut off from the world, but remaining positive through the tough times will make you a better person. It will set you apart from others. It will make you distinguished and other positive people will uplift you. This year may be hard or easy, but there is one clear goal-Junior Class status. Let’s make this year positive, distinguishable, and memorable. Again, welcome Class of 2022.