I have 25+ years of experience teaching Science and Language Arts to middle school and high school students in public and private schools.
I differentiate for multiple learning styles and second language learners. My lessons incorporate direct instruction and high-level whole-class or small-group discussions followed by creative, independent work.
Denver Public Schools Mile High Teacher, 2008; Colorado Distinguished Teacher Award, 2001; Secondary Teacher of the Year,1995
BS in Science, Minor in Music, Courses in Education- University of Puerto Rico; MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults- Vermont College of Fine Arts
- Fully bilingual (English Spanish). - Colorado Licensed Teacher with endorsements in Secondary Science and Language Arts. - Member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Denver Writing Project (DWP) - Website/blogs: www.writecook.com (middle school writing resources) www.thewritetown.wordpress.com (writing exercises) www.elsapla.wordpress.com (juvenile and young adult book reviews)
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Specialty, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Close Reading