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Ms. Perales: Being Vulnerable With Her Students

Ryley Prock

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My experience when I was in Lily Perales’s history class in 10th grade was very good because every time I went to her class, I learned something new and it was a class where I felt good.


The first day I took her class, I thought she was a serious teacher and that she would be scolding us because there were so many students. But it was different, because whenever I didn’t understand or my classmates didn’t understand, she was very understanding and helped us.


Ms. Perales’s inspiration came from her mother, because she taught kindergarten. She was the person who inspired her to become a teacher. In school, she took history classes. That’s what she feels helped her to learn about her own culture, black history, and feminist history. Ms. Perales told me that she went to high school in Los Angeles and graduated at 18 years old. After that, she moved toSan Francisco and began attending college.


Ms.Perales’s biggest dream was always to become a teacher, since she was 5 years old, and now she is happy to have fulfilled her dream. There are many things she appreciates about her students.


I asked him what he thinks is difficult for newcomers. She told me that she thinks it’s somewhat difficult for newcomers to communicate, given that they need to be vulnerable to share their feelings. She appreciates the effort they put in on their part, although she is aware that each student has their own stress. She appreciates that they give their attention and that they focus on participating in her class and that they trust her and feel free to share their opinions.


Ms. Perales has been teaching at Mission High School for three years. She told me that her best experience as a teacher has been sharing with her students and being able to do activities with them such as chair games or when she went surfing with them. Also, I asked her if she could teach other classes, what would she like to teach. She told me that she would like to teach art and music classes since she likes to sing and also play the piano.

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    Eli PeralesFeb 23, 2024 at 9:22 pm

    Ms. Perales Is an awesome singer. Her take on the song Landslide is beautiful. How I know? I’m her dad!

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    AdrianaFeb 23, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Excellent article on an excellent teacher! From a young age Miss Perales volunteered in my classroom and showed great skill at finding the students who needed her the most not only helping them but doing it in a fun and compassionate manner. I agree 100% with all the wonderful things the article says about Miss Perales. And I know her very well, after all, I am her mother.