I've been teaching high school English in northern California for fourteen years an hold both a BA and an MA in English. I have taught every level of high school English: A.P. Language and Composition, ESL/ELD, Resource English, freshman through senior English. I have also been an English department chair, have been designated a "Distinguished Teacher" by various administrations, and have been voted "Most Inspirational Teacher" and "Best Personality" by various student bodies.
I am a strong believer in the writing process. I believe that what we go through while writing makes us not only better writers, but makes us better thinkers--more empathetic, more logical, and more successful. I have had great success teaching writing to students across the academic spectrum, from resource classes to AP Language and Composition. I also believe in direct instruction, with humor. I believe students can "scent out" busy work quickly, so that the teacher must be able to justify every assignment they ask the student to complete. The assignments I post here will all directly approach a different element of writing or English language usage. All lessons are tested and have proved valuable and interesting to students.
I have been an English department chair, have been designated a "Distinguished Teacher" by various administrations, and have been voted "Most Inspirational Teacher" and "Best Personality" by various student bodies.
B.A. - English, University of California. Santa Barbara. 1994. M.A. English, California State University, Hayward. 2003. Single Subject Teaching Credential (C.L.A.D.) - English, C.S.U. Hayward, 1999. Renewed 2004. Certification: Advanced fluency in Spanish, Center for Language and Cultural Studies, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1995. 12 units course work, Central American Institute for International Studies, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1995. Three months of Spanish immersion: Antigua, Guatemala, 2001.
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