Teachers don't search for intelligent life in the universe. They create it, one student at a time! For the first three years after high school, I worked as a draftsman, both manual and Computer Aided. After getting a BA in Graphic Design and Philosophy, I worked in marketing and visual communications in the Bay Area for six years. Following that, I went back to school to get a teaching credential. I've been teaching middle and high school students in California Title I schools for ten years. I've taught a wide range of courses, including Yearbook, Drawing, Literacy, Digital Art, College Advisory, and English for and 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades. My classes always have an ethnically and academically diverse population of students. IN the same class, I have successfully taught special needs and GATE students.
I never really liked school as a kid. In elementary school, I would have rather been out climbing trees, riding my bike, or drawing. And don't even get me started on high school. I was the worst high school student imaginable. After getting kicked out of a Catholic High School in the 10th grade, I went to public school, where I quickly learned that it was possible to LEAVE CAMPUS and not come back. Needless to say, my mind was blown, and so was the next two years of my education. I barely graduated (by the skin of my teeth, as my mother would say). But I made it through, thankfully, with a diploma in my hand. Ironically, I'm a teacher now, and I love it. My own experience with elementary and high school informs my teaching style. Like many of my students, I have a low tolerance for boredom. I will go to the ends of the earth to find an exciting way to teach a rote topic (Greek and Latin roots, for example.) I totally understand if a kid doesn't want to do something because it's BORING. (I still give him or her a bad grade, though. That's the breaks, kid.) If one of my lessons or chosen topics is turning out flat or uninteresting, I'll go back to the drawing board and find a new way to teach it, or try a different topic.
Modern Woodsman of America Public Speaking Award
I wasn't thinking about extending my education upon graduating from high school. Besides, my high school grades weren't good enough to get me into any college. However there had been one set of classes that I had excelled at - art, drawing, drafting and computers. So after a brief stint sweeping floors in a local machine shop, I got promoted to draftsman and spent the next year making pencil engineering drawings of all the various machined parts produced by the shop. Following that, I got a job at a local steel company making engineering drawings, only this time on a fancy new thing called a computer, using the latest CAD software. During that time I started going to the local community college. at some point around 1990, I really started to get the hang of this education thing. I even made the community college honor roll and had a few of my writings published locally and won a speaking award for a speech I gave about what I still don't remember. After completing my AA I transferred to the UC system to get a degree in Philosophy. I later changed my degree to Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After working in marketing and visual communications in the Bay Area for six years, I decided that the corporate environment wasn't the right fit for me, so I went back to school to get a teaching credential. Since then, I have also taken courses in educational technology from UC San Diego and the University of San Diego.
At the request of a colleague who teaches fifth grade, I started making Common Core Posters about three years ago. The posters were a hit with her and her colleagues. Teachers from other grades asked me to make posters for them, too. I was happy to oblige. Fast forward to today: I have made illustrated posters for kindergarten through eighth grades - which works out to about 720 little illustrations. Thank you to all the teachers who prodded and encouraged me throughout the process!
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