When did you decide to be a teacher? - What’s your favorite part about teaching?

Gina Eaton, M.Ed.

Meet Gina Eaton, M.Ed.
CSUteach Induction and Professional Development Coordinator

Ms. Eaton earned her BA in Middle
Childhood Education (Math and Science)
at Cleveland State University, she later
received a Master's in Math Education
from Cambridge College in Boston, and
then a Master's in Organizational
Leadership her at Cleveland State

When did you decide to be a teacher?

I was the kid that never wanted to play school and I
always said I would never be a teacher. I wanted to be
an engineer, originally, but through later experiences, I
encountered several teachers in every aspect of my life
that piqued my interest in teaching. When searching
for guidance about what to do with my life, I met
Margaret Frank here at CSU counseling, she opened
my eyes to the possibility of becoming a teacher. I
took her advice and it was the best decision of my life!

Did you teach at an urban setting? What subject
matter and for how long?

My entire career has been served in urban settings
both here in Cleveland and in Fort Worth, Texas. I
began teaching 6th grade science but eventually I
primarily taught math at multiple grade levels. I also
served as grade level team leader, and as a building
math coach over the course of about ten years.

What’s your favorite part about teaching?

I enjoy both learning to use new technology and
teaching technology to my students. I am particularly
excited to see the glow on the student’s faces when
they accomplish even the smallest task. I love to assist
lower achieving students in gaining confidence and
improving their academic performance and behavior.

Tell me about your role as part of the CSUteach

I am the Induction and Professional Development
Coordinator for the CSUteach program. In my role, I
assist enrolled students through one on one
conferences and professional development. I develop
and implement workshops and training relevant to
teaching, education, financial aid and job search.
Additionally, I act as liaison between classroom
teachers and principals with our program for mentor
teacher opportunities and internships.

What special event have you organized for
CSUteach students? Which should we look forward

To date I have organized student loan information
sessions, career services, and rubrics analyzing data.
Upcoming events include: CSUteach career services
series, special education summit, classroom
management, and teacher union roundtable,
professional development plan and the inductee
summer institute.