I spent one year as an RSP elementary school teacher working with all six grade levels there. Then, I switched to teaching at a local high school, where I've now been for two years. I spent one year teaching all the special ed social studies classes (World Studies 1, 2, and 3 and US History) along with an English class. For the last two years, I have provided study skills support to higher level RSP students in mainstream classes along with teaching a special ed English and Social Studies classes, depending on need.
I like to encourage student discussion and motivation. I want all my students to succeed, so I tend to be super organized of what I provide my students. All assignments are numbered by me in the top right hand corner and students are expected to keep them in order in their binders. I do choral responses, spiral review, vocabulary matrices, cornell notes, questioning strategies, summarizing techniques, etc. in my daily class. To maintain order, we follow the same classroom routine everyday. My students know exactly what to expect when they come in.
None related to teaching. I did graduate with honors from UC Davis.
I graduated from UC Davis with honors with a BA in Linguistics and a minor in Education in 2008. Then, I attend Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. I graduated from there in 2010 with a Masters in Special Education and my Level 1 Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential. I participated in the first year of our school's award winning TIPS program for new teachers and I have been trained in Direct Interactive Instruction (DII) by Active Learning Systems (ALS).
I am the daughter of Canadian immigrants. I was born in Texas, but raised in the Bay Area in California. I currently live 15 minutes from where I grew up and I teach at a high school in the same district as the one I graduated from. I have three brothers: one a professor of computer science at Cornell University, the second is pursuing his master's in animal behavior at San Francisco State University, and the third is a senior in high school. This past summer, I married Chris Levins, a chemist working on the beginning phases of drug development for Hepatitis C and HIV.