Theatre Director, English Teacher, & VAPA Leadership Advisor (2014-Current) Hawthorne High School School of Visual & Performing Arts Hawthorne, CA Teacher (2012-2014) Oscar de La Hoya Animo Charter High School Boyle Heights, CA Director of Curriculum Development & Community Partnerships (Current) Media Done Responsibly Los Angeles, CA Special Education Aide Animo Jacki Robinson Charter High School Los Angeles, CA Researcher, Department of Intercultural Affairs Loyola Marymount University Westchester, CA Topic: Faculty turnover and retention Teacher, Community Organizing Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Los Angeles, CA Substitute Teacher, Middle School & High School Environmental Charter Schools Los Angeles, CA Mentor and College Counselor, GearUp Project STEPS North Hollywood, CA Program Associate Families In Schools, College Prep and Awareness Los Angeles, CA
My philosophy of education is deeply rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy, pedagogy of the oppressed, and hip hop based education. Teaching style and strategies incorporate creative arts and mixed media on a regular basis. Lessons and unit plans are created based on the concept of universal design for learning. Throughout lessons, students are engaged and curious; exploring literature and expository texts is both a fun and constructive process.
Kappa Delta Pi Ahnk Ma'aat Honor Society Minerva Leadership Organization AmeriCorp: Students in Service
California State University, Northridge B.A. African American Studies and Urban Education, 2010 Theatre Arts: Design & Technology 3.9 GPA Loyola Marymount University, School of Education M.A. Education: Language Arts and Literacy, 2013 Secondary Single Subject Credential: English (California) Reading Specialist Certificate (Forthcoming) 4.0 GPA
Research areas include: Hip hop pedagogy Racial identity development Culturally responsive pedagogy Media literacy Theatre arts Reading intervention for African American boys College readiness And more...