By Yuna, Angelina, and with help by Rubi
We sat down with Ms. Valcourt to find out what it is like to be a math coach here and to learn more about her life outside of school. This is what we discovered from our interview!
Do you like teaching at South Grade?
I love to teach here because of the students. They are ready to learn. They are so genuine.
How long have you been teaching?
For some time now. I always wanted to be a teacher. I was a 3rd grade math teacher before I was a math coach.
Do you like it when kids improve their grades?
I feel inspired. They encourage me. Their success is my success.
How do you feel when you teach kids?
I feel like a kid. It is fun. Different side, I can be myself. Going through the process of learning with them is exciting.
How many family members do you have?
I have a lot of family! Too many to name.
Do you have any pets?
I don’t have animals and I am not an animal person, I did have a goldfish once for about five minutes. I put it from the bag into a clean peanut butter jar as a fish bowl. It didn’t work.
Where did you go to school?
I went to school in the Bahamas before moving to Miami and then the University of North Florida. I am getting my Doctoral from Lynn University. I finish in one month!
How did you get inspired to be a teacher?
I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I like to explain and break down problems. I’ve kept a journal since elementary school and I went back and read it. I found out that even then I wanted to be a teacher. I had forgotten that I had wanted to be a teacher even then.
Have you ever traveled?
Yes! I want to travel to Paris and Italy. Over spring break I went up to the East Coast and Pennsylvania. I was able to see new snow for the first time. We played in it and even ate it! I have also traveled to Haiti which was sad.
What is your favorite subject?
I don’t have a favorite subject but I love to learn. I love to read books. When I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of money so we went to the library and I would stock up. The library was my escape. My imagination would take me on travels. Now I like to read spiritual books and things that help schools improve.
Where do you go shopping?
I love to shop online. I prefer new things that are different. I don’t make my own clothes.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my sister because she is faithful and loyal. She is very driven and is a doctor. I also look up to people who make a difference in the community and in students. People who are passionate about what they believe in.
What is your favorite sport and team?
My favorite sport is basketball and I love the Miami Heat.
What is your favorite food?
I love food! I cook my food from scratch. I like Southern food and Caribbean food. Homemade food is better!