I've been teaching for 10 years. For several of those, I had the opportunity to focus on science and social studies for 4th-6th grades in Pasadena, California.
Education should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving while stimulating creativity and curiosity. I teach using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach that nurtures and develops studentsâ€™ various talents and links content standards to meaningful experiences. I believe in an academically rigorous, well-rounded, child-centered curriculum that fosters growth with high expectations and positive reinforcement.
â€¢ Teacher of Excellence Award (2010) Pasadena Rotary Club (One of five teachers selected in the Pasadena Unified School District) â€¢ Altadena NAACP Teacher of the Year for San Rafael Elementary (2007) â€¢ Successful grant writer o Pasadena Educational Foundation Grants â€¢ 2004: Art Integration â€¢ 2005: United Streaming Technology Infusion â€¢ 2006: Digital Storytelling â€¢ 2007: Math Magic o LACOE Digital Voice Project Grant 2006 â€¢ Pasadena Math Pipeline teacher, co-led district summer math trainings â€¢ Achieved the highest percentage gains for fifth-grade student achievement (Proficient and Advanced categories) in the Pasadena Unified School District for the state Science STAR exam. (2005) â€¢ Nominated for Whoâ€™s Who Among American Teachers (2005)
CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Pomona, CA Currently working on Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Design-Based Learning Graduated: June 11, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, FL Bachelor of Science in Education Major: Elementary Education Graduated: May 6, 2000
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