Finding fulfillment in the classroom
Jun. 17, 2006
Marguerite Hinojosa of Phoenix traded in TV cameras and breaking news for
chalkboards and high school students.
The former Good Morning Arizona producer just finished her first year teaching
English at Independence High School in Glendale.
A flashback to her former career came with the hurricane season, a big story for
TV news. "I thought of how live shots would be set up and who I'd call," she
In the next breath she added: "I don't miss it at all."
She sacrificed $7,000 in annual salary and entered the classroom.
The 48-year-old doesn't see that as anything but selfish. She wanted to be
For Hinojosa, that comes from teaching English to non-native speakers. "The kids
I teach are especially brave. Their stories are special. They are coming to
Phoenix, coping with life and change plus the language," she said.
She wants to pass on her thirst for knowledge. One of her rewards came with the
close of the school year as students confidently created dictionaries of words
they had learned through the year.