History teacher Christina Herrera went to North Dallas High School from 1989 to 1993, and then attended Texas Tech University.
“I was actually a theater arts major,” she said in an email. “My family refused to see me living in my car so I switched to history and began teaching right after graduation.”
Herrera said she has been teaching for 16 years in the Dallas ISD, including three years at North Dallas. Some of the teachers that inspired her were Mr.Smethers (theater arts), Mrs. LaPrade (English) and Mrs. Dumerer (history).
Herrera took a few minutes to answer a few questions about herself:
Teaching position at ND: U.S. History and AP U.S. History
Activities at ND: Mock Trial and Ambassador sponsor
I live in: Dallas
High school attended: North Dallas High School, Class of 1993
College attended and major: Texas Tech University, Lubbock; BA in History
My hobbies are: love watching movies, pinning on Pinterest, cooking for friends and spending time with my son Diego
I’m most proud of: receiving my Master in Arts in teaching and getting accepted into the Harvard Teacher Summer Institute and becoming a Distinguished Teacher after 16 years of teaching for DISD.
The two people I’d most like to meet are: Theodore Roosevelt and Cesar Chavez
The best book I ever read was: ROOM by Emma Donoghue
I get inspiration from: listening to colleagues who love their content — Ms. Edwards, Mr. Banchs and Mrs. Acevedo
Favorite sports team: Cowboys/Mavs/My fantasy football team
Favorite sports athletea: Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Witten
My favorite musical artist is: Selena/’80s music
My favorite restaurant is: Zen Sushi in Bishop Arts
I wish I knew how to: make tortillas like my mom used to!
The best advice I ever received was: learn to say “no.” At times, teachers want to be involved in everything but in order to be great at one thing, we must learn to say “no” to other things. Self-preservation!
If I could travel anywhere, I would go: the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jerusalem
Nobody knows I: am still working on my dissertation
Most famous person I’ve ever met was: Edward James Olmos, Spike Lee, James Earl Jones and Bernie Sanders!
As former ND student, what would you tell students today that you wish a teacher had told you when you were in school?
If only ND had offered AVID skills, then and now — very important for college-readiness
Your thoughts on students today compared to when you went to ND?
WOW! Students today need to put their phones down and enjoy every minute they have of their high school career. … it goes by so fast. Study hard and have fun!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at ND?
I love my content and my students who provide me with an opportunity to present U.S. History from a balanced point of view and allowing me to make history interactive. 🙂
What part of your work is most rewarding?
Seeing the results of my students’ success!