The “chance of a lifetime” left Guzman with at least one powerful philosophy she’s already pushing at McCoy Elementary.
“Grit,” she said, referring to a popular, research-based theory that shows the distinguishing trait can be a predictor for success.
“There are some things we have no control over,” Guzman said. “I can’t change the factors around a student’s home life. I don’t have control over a child’s I.Q. However, hearing the research at Harvard that shows successful people have that one thing in common — the ability to persevere in spite of challenges — I thought, that’s it! That’s what every kid needs to know. It may take you longer to acquire something, but you can acquire it! That is a relevant message for every single student.”
Under Guzman’s leadership at McCoy, students and teachers, alike, are fostering the Grit mentality. Much like she used to tell her students in Harlingen, quitting is never a successful option.
“Now, I tell my teachers, sometimes, we’ll fail,” Guzman said. “It’s part of our Grit conversation. We may try something new and it may not go over well. But you know what? We’ll keep working at it until we get it right. That idea is something we all need to embrace.”