Maria Padilla-Enyart

Middle School Teacher | Albuquerque, NM

Maria Padilla-Enyart is a teacher at Jefferson Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a member of the eighth-grade cadre in our Common Core in Albuquerque project.

Hear what Maria has to say about "The Story of an Hour" lesson plans and the Common Core in her video interview and journal entries.

Video Interviews


Collaboration with colleagues

Being on this cadre has enriched my teaching. Teaching is very isolating. There is never enough time to collaborate with my colleagues. Listening to the interactions that occur during the meetings, spurs me to get involved again in helping teachers learn to accommodate ELL students.

The best part of this experience has been working with my cadre. It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to interact with teachers from other schools. Just to be able to share and learn what is happening in our respective schools has been invaluable. The experiences that we have been able to share and the collaboration in creating a plan was exciting and fulfilling.

What do teachers need?

Teachers will need professional development similar to what this cadre is achieving. They will have to become proficient writing lesson plans that address the standards. They will have to become familiar with the lexile level for the lessons they are going to teach to assure that the lessons are challenging enough.