As a master teacher at the San Antonio Independent School District, Michelle Olivarri gets a $15,000 stipend to teach at a school with a history of low student outcomes.
During a reading lesson in her third grade classroom earlier this semester, sounds of excitement blended with energetic music from a computer game on the parts of a story.
“I’m in second,” shouted one student after filling in his answer on a tablet.
“I’m in fourth,” said another. “Ms. Olivarri, I was on fire!”