Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Enriquez


Lexis Sandoval

English teacher Jessica Enriquez stands in front of her bulletin board in her room. Picture taken on May 16, 2022.

Lexis Sandoval, Staff Writer

This year, Godinez Fundamental High School (GFHS) hired new English teachers, one of whom, Jessica Enriquez, is a Godinez Alumna. She is currently teaching 10th grade English. We asked her the following questions and these were her responses.

What made you become a teacher? 

I always had the idea of becoming a teacher growing up.

Why did you choose to teach Godinez?

I chose it because it was local and I loved the school while I was here.

What is it like coming back as a teacher?

I love coming back and seeing the staff and now being one of them.

What was the best advice given to you about teaching?

The best advice is to prioritize my time and take everything one step at a time.

How would you describe a perfect Grizzly?

There is no such thing as a perfect Grizzly. However, a well rounded Grizzly is involved with school not just in academics but in extracurricular activities and represents the school in a positive way outside of school.

Is there anything you would have liked to know before your first year of teaching?

I would have liked to know how to be more flexible because everything was different when we came back. But after a year of teaching, I have learned to manage my time better, ask other teachers for help, and that keeping a balanced life is very important.

How do you stay organized?

I stay organized by using my planners and agendas.

What made you decide to teach English?

My former English teacher Ms. Lammers inspired me.

How did your point of view change after becoming a teacher?

It changed because when I was a student, I was asked why they assigned so much homework. Now I realize that teachers did it to prepare students.

What type of student were you here in Godinez?

I was very outgoing and involved in school and did a lot of extracurricular activities after school. I was involved in Musical Theater, Chamber Singers, Cheerleading, Swimming, and Key Club. Some of my favorite memories were made in those extra-curricular activities. I learned that I loved working with others and interacting with different personalities makes me happy. 

Enriquez plans to spend lots of time with her two daughters, Isabelle and Evelyn, this summer.  They love the beach and park so they will  spend a lot of time there. And as for next year, Enriquez is looking into maybe teaching an Ethnic Studies class soon.