By Carolyn Brooks
Christopher Jaurigue, 9th and 10th grade English teacher
Christopher Jaurigue is a Secondary English first year teacher who is continuously looking to grow as both a teacher and an educator. He was born and raised in Arizona with his three sisters, attended Hamilton High School, and is a recent graduate from Arizona State University.
Mr.Jaurigue explains how the motivation that his previous teachers lacked inspired him to become a teacher: “When I was in high school I struggled because the lack of motivation, and my goal is to instill that into my students. I think I could have done better if I had a better relationship with my teachers and consequences for negative academic behavior. I will hold my students accountable.”
Aside from being an English teacher, Mr.Jaurigue also coaches boys’ wrestling. As a wrestler in high school, he learned a lot of life lessons, like working hard for something you want. His goal as a wrestling coach is “to help students achieve their goals and to get students to appreciate the sport”.
Outside of school, a hobby and sport that Mr.Jaurigue enjoys is rock climbing; “I like rock climbing because it is an individual and mental sport. When you’re on the wall, or side of a mountain, you have to mentally battle yourself to continually climb to the top. Once you reach the top, it’s the most rewarding thing. Being on the side of a mountain is an exhilarating feeling.”
Like any sport, there are some not so exhilarating times, and when asked if he ever encountered a scary situation he says, “We were climbing a peak out west called the Eagle’s Nest, and we were expecting to top out and rappel down at around 3, but our rope got tangled so we reached the top much later than we were supposed to, around 5. It was winter, so it got darker faster outside, and it was difficult to find rappels. We thought we were going to have to camp out on the side of a mountain!”.
According to Mr.Jaurigue, something all teachers need is “a positive attitude and passion.”
If Mr.Jaurigue weren’t a teacher, he would be “an engineer of some sort, or a Mechanical Engineer.”, but when asked if he really would become something other than a teacher if he had the opportunity he states, “No; I thoroughly enjoy my career. It may be stressful at times, but I come in ready to teach and to improve my abilities.”
As for other first year teachers out there, he advises to remain organized, and “find other teachers to serve as a mentor. Always remind yourself that you are a first year teacher, and you are still learning as well.”