My name is Luzmila Badillo Gualdron, I have been a teacher for 30 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s in Microbiology, and Bilingual certification. I have experience working with students with learning disabilities, preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and blind young people. I am originally from Colombia where I started my teaching profession for nine years with the Seventh-day Adventist school system, then God brought me to New Jersey where I worked in public schools for 21 years, prior to working at Pensacola Junior Academy. God always has a new plan for everyone to be able to serve Him.
I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their minds and blossom and grow. I start my day with a prayer and a Bible story. My morning meeting is very positive and full of faith in God. If the students learn that God can be in their lives every single second and count on Him as their best friend, then they will gain a most precious skill that will help them succeed in life. Classroom discipline, jobs, and problem-solving skills are also part of each day in my classroom.
Teaching is a process of learning from students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where we learn new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies. Over time, my educational philosophy may change, and that's okay. That just means that I have grown and learned new things. Every classroom has its own unique community, and my role as a teacher at Pensacola Junior Academy will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. Our multi-grade curriculum gives the students many opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other. Older students can take on more mature roles, mentoring younger students. There is no limit to the content that is taught or discussed. Younger students learn along with older students. As a special educator, I found over the years that there are multiple needs. If I can identify the specific need in each of my students then, I will be able to incorporate the specific strategies to help my students to succeed not only in my classroom, but also in life. I am a teacher that incorporates hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, themes, and individual work in the classroom and at home that engage and activate students' learning.
I will work with teachers and parents facilitating the strategies to work with children at home. I have high expectations in the classroom each day, pursuing learning goals with consistency, diligence, and warmth in my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage my students and parents as well. God said years ago, “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). If we work together for the good, then God will provide the rest.
1st to 4th grade Teacher
Pensacola Junior Academy