Florida Panthers October 2022 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
Marjorie Rodriguez teaches 5th grade (all subjects) at Liberty Elementary. This is her sixth year teaching. She became a teacher because she enjoys helping others and making a positive impact in her community. Marjorie enjoys interacting with the students, fostering empathy, and being able to see the students’ academic and emotional growth throughout the year. Marjorie was a Girl Scout and has spent several years co-leading a Girl Scout troop and volunteering in schools. Before and during the pandemic Marjorie co-led the Math and Chess team at her school. Marjorie currently teaches dance to second through fifth graders at her school.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
Anthony Duclair is my favorite NHL player because he is talented, humble, and does a lot for the community to make the world a better place. One of my students last year did her Black History Month project on Anthony Duclair because she was inspired by his efforts to bring the awareness of the racism in hockey. I brought her project to the Florida Panthers game last February. Out of the kindness of his heart he stopped practicing, came over and signed her project, and gave me a hockey puck to give her that says “We Stand Against Racism”. Both she and I were so thrilled and and appreciative of this act of kindness. Anthony Duclair is a wonderful asset to the team as last season alone, he had 31 goals and 27 assists. What a team player!
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
My favorite part about the Future Goals program is that it is learning disguised as fun while simultaneously having students make real world connections as they acquire the Math and Science behind the game of hockey. Thanks to Future Goals, students are able to deepen their understanding of their grade level Math and Science standards in an exciting and engaging way. The formative assessment results from the Future Goals program are instantaneous, allowing the teacher to see who needs remediation and who needs enrichment. In the game of hockey STEM is embedded throughout whether it has to do with forces, motion, energy, angles, shapes, matter, speed, advancements in protective gear, hockey statistics, and more.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
If I played hockey, I would be a forward because I love to help others and be a team player. That would be nice to assist others with scoring goals.