Andrea Torres, Upper Elementary Assistant

We’re excited to welcome Andrea Torres as the assistant in Simran Sood’s Upper Elementary class. Get to know more about her in today’s Meet Post Oak feature! 

I grew up in Houston, but I am originally from Mexico so I have ties to both American and Mexican cultures. I graduated from college with a degree in theatre arts but I have had consistent roles in education throughout my life. During my college career, I was a French tutor, I was always participating in theatre productions, and I was taking almost enough psychology classes to have a minor in the subject.

After graduating from college, I was an after school counselor before joining Post Oak. When I’m not in the classroom or the theatre, I enjoy exercising, watching the latest new show on Netflix, and going to my favorite coffee shops around town.

Why did you choose to work at Post Oak?

This is my first year at Post Oak, and I am delighted to have chosen to join the Post Oak community. From my first time meeting the staff to my first visit to campus, I felt very welcomed and like I was already part of the community. I was also very interested in the Montessori method because it fit with my mentality when I tutor kids, and I wanted to be a part of that environment.

What does “Challenge the Norm” mean to you?

To me “Challenge the Norm” means to not compare yourself to others and always put forth your strengths.

How did you get started in your profession? How did you know you wanted to do this? What are you most proud of?

In high school, I volunteered as a classroom assistant during summer school programs at a local elementary school; that experience allowed me to learn how to communicate with kids and help them with their academics. When I saw them improve and succeed on their own during those few weeks—that was everything.

From that experience I knew I wanted to keep being involved in children's education, and once I graduated college, I was a counselor at an after school program for elementary-aged students and then found Post Oak to be a part of the classroom full time.

I am most proud of my self-growth and leadership skills. My last year of college, I adapted and directed a YouTube murder mystery web series for the stage. It was the biggest project I had ever worked on and it showed me that I could lead and take on all the necessary responsibilities to put on a theatre performance.

What's your favorite part of working with children or adolescents? What makes a “good day” at school?

My favorite part about working with children is connecting with them. I love getting to know my students, who they are, and their hobbies; and I have always found ways to relate that to their schoolwork.

What makes a good day is when kids have fun while learning.

Who or what inspires you? What has influenced you most in your work?

My mom is a teacher and my biggest inspiration. From the way she raised me to the way she helped me when I was in school, she taught me patience and that I can solve any problem I come across. My mom has a way of communicating and explaining things to others that make it clear and easily understandable. I have modeled that in hopes that I can teach others the way she taught me.

What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies? What do you like about Houston?

I love theatre. Before the pandemic, I was always going to see shows around town and I was taking acting classes. The theatre scene in Houston is one of my favorite things about the city. It is a small and supportive community and there is always something going on. I can’t wait to go see a show once it is safe to do so. Oh, and I also love the food in Houston!

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