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Gabrielle Lewis (Sun Valley Middle)

What do you teach and why did you become a teacher?

I am a sixth grade math teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher and knew that teaching was where I going to be most successful. When I was a kid, I used to gather the neighborhood kids and teach them basic math operations. When I studied education in college and participated in the required internship, I fell in love with the middle school math curriculum and building relationships with that age group.

How do you show your school spirit?

I show my school spirit by being a highly involved staff member. I am the head of the PBIS Committee, which provides an opportunity to plan student-focused events such as dances, end-of-year carnival, and creating and implementing a school store for students to purchase prizes with their tickets.

What or who inspires you?

Being able to inspire growth and discovery in my students. 

In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll for a day? Why?

If I could enroll in one teacher's class, it would be Mrs. Fernandez. I admire the way she is able to build relationships with the students, be her truest self, and still show incredible student success. She has the ability to balance kindness and empathy with student growth.

What is one of your hidden talents?

I am a smoothie slinging master! On the side, I work at a smoothie shop where I make smoothies of all different kinds. I have learned all about different flavor combinations and been able to experiment with all different types of ingredients. 

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

Just because something seems tough or unobtainable now, do not give up. Coming from personal experience, I struggled in school growing up – facing several challenges along the way. I thought college and other future opportunities were out of reach, but it took perseverance and a constant reminder of the end goal to get me through it.

What is a professional motto or quote that you “work” by?

One of my favorite quotes I have hanging in my classroom is: "Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits."

What do you enjoy most about working in UCPS?

The diversity. Working at Sun Valley Middle School, I have the opportunity to work and build relationships with such a diverse group of students. The way that we embrace that diversity and community at this school provides me with a sense of family.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation. This way, I can be multiple places within seconds and see the people I want to see and go the places I want to go.

List five adjectives that describe your personality?

  • Focused
  • Dedicated
  • Witty
  • A Positive Influence
  • Genuine