Mr. Carlos Cupido Pending TIA Designee for the 2021-2022 School Year!
One of our seven pending TIA designees, Mr. Carlos Cupido has been teaching at East Grand Preparatory since 2015. He currently teaches 8th grade mathematics. Before coming to Cityscape, Mr. Cupido taught for Dallas ISD for seven years and before that, taught university courses in math, statistics, and marketing in Mexico. Mr. Cupido has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. Upon learning of his pending TIA designation, he was both proud and happy.
When asked about his high marks on the T-TESS and the MAP assessment (student growth), he responded “I like to teach!” He added, “It is super important to enjoy what you do. I like to convey knowledge and ensure my students understand the lesson content.” He also admitted that to perform well as a classroom instructor, one must master their content. “As a former engineer, I know my subject,” he added. “How can one convey information to others if they do not know it, themselves?”
When asked what advice he would give to a beginning teacher, he replied, “Be professional! You’re being paid to perform a job. You must expect the best from yourself; be responsible; get results; and focus on your work with your students.”
When asked to share what he admires about Mr. Cupido, EGP Assistant Principal, Dr. Israel Garcia, said, “Mr. Cupido is so protective of his instructional time because he wants to ensure that every single one of his students shows growth. It is an honor to serve such a dedicated and passionate educator.”
Finally, on a personal note, I taught a Spanish course for the first group of EGP students who left us (at the end of the year) for high school. Mr. Cupido and I were on the same team, as he taught those students in math. I remember seeing the very tough, masculine Mr. Cupido with tears in his eyes as he began his goodbyes at the end of the year. And I remember thinking that THIS defines a great teacher: to not only care about your students while they are within your classroom walls, but to care for them as they make their way through life, hopefully carrying your legacy with them as they leave.