Local Teacher Celebrates Classroom and Life Lessons – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
For Andrew Loh, teaching is more than just a job. It’s a calling.
“I decided on the apprenticeship because my parents attached great importance to education as a child. Both of my parents were refugees at the time of the Vietnam War, ”said Loh. “When I grew up in American society, I knew that education was my opportunity.”
Loh is a teacher at Uplift Heights Secondary in West Dallas as part of the Teach for America DFW. He hopes to give his students the same opportunity, with an emphasis on educational equity.
Teach for America is a program that finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders dedicated to expanding access and opportunities for children. Since 2009, the national organization in North Texas has served more than 400,000 students and trained more than 1,700 teachers.
“I didn’t think about the importance of the role of a teacher. When things first shut down [during the pandemic]I was just so focused on society and the way we couldn’t connect anymore. As soon as I have thought about it and realized how teachers really act for children and their families, it is so important for us that we keep drawing inspiration from our relationship with children, ”said Loh.
Loh said this year’s National Teacher Appreciation Week meant so much more than students and families showing their appreciation for everything they did.
“The job is not leaving you. It’s not necessarily just pressure, but the feeling that I can always do more for my children because they deserve the best and highest quality education, ”said Loh.
The pandemic has made it difficult to provide this quality. Loh said he had to get more creative than ever.
“We had to have these pleasing experiences. Even now, some of my kids aren’t in the classroom. We have to keep them busy and meet them where they are, ”said Loh.
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Teach For America DFW announced its Three Cheers for Teachers initiative. 400 local public school teachers from local restaurants received gifts, donations and meals as thanks.