A TpT Teacher Spotlight on Angelina Murphy, a high school ELA teacher at Taft Charter High School

We have a community of dedicated educators who use TpT resources as a tool to solve the unique instructional challenges they face. Meet Angelina Murphy, a high school ELA teacher who’s working toward incorporating more diversity into the curriculum with TpT.

 

Title: ELA Teacher
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Teaches At: Taft Charter High School
Teaching Experience: 3 years

Goal I’m working toward…
Becoming National Board Certified!

Best advice I ever received…
To be the teacher that I needed when I was their age.

 

I THINK I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A TEACHER, ever since I was 5 years old. I’m a first-generation college student, so I personally saw the transformative power of education myself, and I wanted to instill that into young people. I’m currently a high school English teacher for 9th and 11th grades. On top of teaching, I teach yoga once a week at lunch for students and I’m the academic decathlon coach and the class of 2020 sponsor.”

 

I WORK AT A TITLE 1 SCHOOL IN THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT. It’s the second largest district in the country. We serve a lot of low-income, high-need students, and we’re super diverse — racially, religiously, in terms of gender and sexuality, and linguistically. My classrooms are incredibly diverse.”

High school ELA teacher Angelina Murphy teaches a lesson on oppression to her class.

I WANT TO DISRUPT THE DOMINANT DISCOURSE IN EDUCATION. The canon is often very white and very male, which doesn’t reflect my student population, and our textbooks often reflect that dominant narrative, which isn’t very diverse. One of my goals as a teacher is to make sure that marginalized voices are at the center of my curriculum. But that’s not something that’s provided to me and isn’t something that’s easy to find. I found myself constantly reinventing the wheel to make sure that my curriculum reflected the diverse voices and identities of my students.”

 

TPT HAS REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I TEACH! When I first started teaching, I had very little support (and, obviously, very little experience). I spent so many hours outside the classroom reinventing the wheel and struggling to lesson plan. When I downloaded my first resource from TpT, I knew it was a game changer! There are so many brilliant, creative, and inspiring teachers with such thorough resources.”

 

NOT ONLY ARE THERE RESOURCES AND CURRICULUM ON TPT, but also just the ideas themselves are helpful too. Like, how to gamify your classroom or how to use escape rooms or how to use learning stations. These things are all things that I wasn’t explicitly taught as a teacher. Plus, the exposure to different kinds of curriculum and activities has helped me learn how to create similar lessons on my own, too.”

A view of non-traditional classroom set-up, featuring couches and desks in a circular formation.

TPT HAS DEFINITELY MADE MY CLASSROOM MORE ENGAGING and helped me become more comfortable and confident as an educator. When you’re reinventing the wheel, you’re completely on your own. Not only is it overwhelming but it can lead to your own burnout and this constant questioning of yourself. By utilizing TpT resources and the TpT community as a whole, it’s made me more confident in what I’m doing in the classroom. Plus, I can see the impact that it  directly has on my students when I’m using engaging and teacher-tested materials.”

 

I’M DEFINITELY BETTER EQUIPPED TO MEET THE NEEDS of my diverse students. There’s been so much that I’ve learned and used from TpT. It’s really become a type of professional development regarding how I can improve my teaching and how I can better serve my students. Yes, there are fellow teachers in my department, but sometimes being a teacher can be isolating. I can spend a whole day not talking to another adult because I’m in my classroom. TpT has broadened the possibility for my own PD and helped me be a better teacher for my students.”

 

We’re never more inspired than when educators tell us about the things they’re doing in the classroom with TpT resources. So, we’d love to hear: how have TpT resources helped you succeed? Share your story here.