Educator Spotlight: Sharina Jimenez

Network Collaboration and Learning

Throughout the year, RISE will be shining a light on some of the many talented educators we partner with to achieve our mission of ensuring all students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success.

This month we learn more about Sharina Jimenez, RISE Senior On-Track Coach for Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

Q: What led you to get into the field of education?
A: While I always dressed up as a teacher for career day growing up, I was never sure why I wanted to pursue this career. Once I got to college and took my first Human Development class, the idea of going into education became more formalized. This class opened my eyes to what we require as humans to develop through the stages of life. I thought this was an important field to explore because I recognized that my community growing up did not have as much knowledge on these topics. I wanted to work in the field of education to empower families and youth to learn more about what is best for their development.

Q: Why did you choose to become an educator?
A: I chose to become an educator because I hope to be someone who has a positive impact on the community I grew up in. I want to be someone who helps young adults with the things I wish someone talked to me about in high school.

Q: Who was an educator that inspired and shaped you?
A: An educator who has inspired and shaped me as an individual and a professional has been my mom. She worked at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk as a Multi-Language Learners paraprofessional for 13 years. Throughout her years working with middle schoolers, she served as an advocate for students and families, going above and beyond to make them feel welcomed and have access to an education the same as any other student. I saw the impact she had on these students time and time again throughout the years and I knew that I also wanted to be someone that caused that kind of positive impact.

Q: What’s one of your proudest accomplishments as an educator?
My proudest accomplishment as an educator has been completing the 22-23 school year with 100% of my caseload students on-track after summer school. During the 22-23 school year I was able to support my students academically as well as with their social-emotional skills that I hope they carry with them throughout their high school career and beyond. The graduating class of 2023 also had students from my very first caseload working with RISE at Brien McMahon High School. I was extremely proud to see so many of my students walk across the stage and move on to the next phase of their lives. It was a full-circle moment.

Q: What’s something you’ve learned/borrowed from another RISE Network partner?
A: Something that I’ve borrowed from another RISE Network school has been “Hammer Time” catch-up sessions built in for my students throughout the quarter. This intentional time dedicated to helping students who are struggling to complete work has been beneficial to them and it has given our team teachers the opportunity to check in with students in a smaller group setting.

Q: How does the RISE Data Hub change your daily practice and help you achieve your student outcome goals?
A: The RISE Data Hub allows me to see all of the relevant student data I need at once and in one place. I am able to save the views that I create in order to go back to them and track my student’s progress. It has changed the way I tackle work on a daily basis because it’s a one-stop shop where I can easily identify the area of need for my students and come up with an action plan from there.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog Lucy, and binge-watching a series or a movie on Netflix. I have been making more of an effort to cook at home in 2024 so I am also finding a lot of joy in practicing a new skill.