Alumni Spotlight: Miguel Diaz
Name: Miguel Diaz
Hometown: Los Angelesmiguel
Cohort: V
Current School: Environmental Charter High School
Subject(s): Math 1 and Precalculus


What do you like most about teaching?

What I like most about teaching is working with youth. The way I show that I care about them is by listening to them and teaching/learning math with them. I also like the independence and the feeling like you work for yourself, but at the same time you are doing something unselfish by doing it for the young people and catering your lessons and your life around them. Without a doubt, especially during difficult times, the youth are what keep me teaching.

How has LAUTR helped you meet your goals?

I am working at an amazing school with amazing people and they have been helping me feel incredibly supported. LAUTR helped me learn to advocate for myself and find what kind of qualities I needed in a school and what kind of school culture I wanted to belong to.

What are your favorite strategies to engage students in learning?

My favorite strategy to engage students in learning is saying “Go ahead and finish what you were saying, but don’t say anything new.” I think this shows students that I respect their conversations, which could have been important, and it also gets them to refocus on what’s going on in the class.

What is the your most memorable experience with LAUTR?

Crying with everyone in the cohort during a class with Charlene Fried. I thought we were already close at this time, but sharing our collective struggles and worries made me feel like we were a family. I love my cohort and feel extremely fortunate to have shared time together during the residency. I know that I can depend on them, even to this day.

What is one piece of advice you would give to future LAUTR Residents?

Time management, which is intimately tied with self care. The last thing you want to do is to burn out, because sustainability and your health should be your biggest priority.