What brought you to Venus ISD?
Mrs. Boldon graces VISD with her presence because Venus is the only place she ever wanted to teach. She comes from a family with deep roots in the community; her grandfather moved to town when her father was eight for farming work. She fondly recalls growing up and attending church in the community. At the age of five, she remembers telling her grandfather, “I’m going to be a school teacher in Venus someday.” Mrs. Boldon graduated from Alvarado High School and spent a year at East Texas State University (now A&M Commerce). She returned to the Venus area to find work and save money to pay for her planned return to college During this time she met her husband and would go on to spend the next 32 years as a stay at home mom. When Texas A&M Commerce opened a satellite campus in Midlothian, her husband encouraged her to enroll and she jumped at the chance. Upon graduating and earning her teaching certificate, she only applied for a teaching job in one place; Venus ISD.
Which coworkers need to be bragged on?
Venus Elementary School teachers Ms. Fisher, Ms. Barkley, and Ms. Williams are outstanding colleagues and educators! Mrs. Boldon says they are a continual help to her because they are experts in their content and are able to identify the root of problems that are preventing students from learning. VES is always supportive to her and her students.
What are you passionate about?
Mrs. Boldon is without a doubt passionate about relationships. In any circumstance, she makes the extra effort to build lasting and productive relationships. This is true for her family, as she spends her mornings before class checking on her mother who is in her 90’s. She drives from her home in Midlothian to Alvarado to get her mother started for the day and then heads to Venus to teach. On weekdays, her mother tells her, “You go do a good job teaching in Venus today, those kids need to learn.” While many might look at her situation as a burden, Mrs. Boldon sees it as a blessing because it has allowed her to deepen her relationship with her mother.
This passion for relationships naturally extends to her classroom where she endeavors to make personal connections to each of her students. She recognizes each student comes from a different home life with varying circumstances. Mrs. Boldon does not make assumptions about a student’s background, she instead makes a personal investment in her students. She creates an environment where her students feel comfortable to just be themselves. Her students know that it is acceptable to have challenges and they have an advocate in their teacher. Any time she is at VMS or VHS, her former students seek her out and reconnect with her.
What helps you to be so successful in helping your students learn?
While Mrs. Boldon is very reluctant to take any credit for the success that happens in her classroom, she knows how to help her students reach their potential. She admittedly struggled in math all throughout her own education. During student teaching in Mrs. Boone’s VES math class, she realized that she struggled because there were some concepts that she never mastered. She made it her mission to make students feel comfortable to take chances and open up about what they don’t know. “Knowing what they don’t know gives you a window into how to help them learn.”
Mrs. Boldon admits that there are no shortcuts to good teaching. She spends time to look deeper than grades and to individually take stock whether students are merely mimicking the teacher or demonstrating signs of real understanding. She works hard to understand common misconceptions that trip her students up. She says, “Just getting there, or passing, isn’t enough. I don’t want a surgeon working on me to say, if I do just this much, she’ll live. I want him to go above and beyond so I can have a good quality of life after surgery.” She has high expectations for herself and for her students.
There is a great difference between knowing the content you need to teach and knowing how to utilize appropriate instructional resources. Venus ISD is proud to have a teacher that seeks out the right tools to help her students be their best. We are thankful that she listens to her students and isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs to meet a student’s needs.