I am Ms. Betancourt and this is my third year at La Joya Early College High School. I am currently teaching the AVID elective courses (Levels 1 and 2), as well as Education 1300, 1301 and 2301. Prior to this position, I was an elementary teacher for two years and taught reading and math.I graduated from the University of Texas Pan American (last graduating class before the switch!) with a bachelor in English. I also hold a masters in Educational leadership, and in the future I hope to obtain my principal certification.
Classes I Teach:
This course is a study of the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation, factors that impact learning, and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) tohelp them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.Prerequisite: None.
This course is an enriched, pre- service course and content experience that provides active recruitment and institutional support of students interested in a teaching career, especially in high need fields. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations and provides students with support from college and school faculty, preferably in small cohort groups, for the purpose of introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms.
This is an enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that: provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning; and provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P-12 special populations. This course includes a 16-contact hour lab component with special populations in P-12 schools.
AVID 1 and 2
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, therefore, encouraging students to be life long learners is essential. The AVID elective course prepares students for their classes by teaching them different study methods, demonstrating new approaches to note taking, and by offering tutoring during classes. The AVID elective will help students become organized and moitvated individuals and will prepare them for college throughout the school year with various hands on activities. In the AVID elective class, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.