9th Grade Biology: 3 years; Honors Biology: 1 year; AP Environmental Science: 3 Years; SAT Prep: Summer; Algebra and Integrated Math 1: 2 years; ASB and Leadership: 2 years; Tutoring: Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, AP Environmental Science; One-on-One aid in Special Education: 2 years (5th and 6th grade).
I strongly believe in collaborative learning, and in explicitly teaching study skills. An element of reflection and civic engagement is important in most projects or activities, so that students have a meaningful experience even if they do not go into a science field. As a science teacher, I believe that learning to ask questions is key to becoming a good scientist. I try to nurture the natural curiosity that students have to pique their interest. I also believe that high school science is, for most people, the only time they will learn science in their lives, and so strong science teaching is vital to create a population of educated voters and contributing citizens.
I was named Science Department Chair my third year teaching in Oakland. I also received an NSF scholarship to Mills College for my credential work.
I graduated from Williams College with BA in Biology and a concentration in Maritime Studies. My credential in Single Subject Science was through the Mills College Department of Education. I am continuing my education at Cal State Fullerton, working on an MS in Marine Ecology.
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