I am in my 4th year as a teacher. In my first, I taught 8th grade, all subjects. Since then, I have been the only U.S. and A.P U.S. History teacher at my charter school in Richmond, CA. Our students have grown tremendously in these subjects--we have doubled the percentage that were Proficient or Advanced on the state exam, and have had a 12-fold increase in students passing the AP U.S. History Exam (from 4 to 49 in the last 2 years). I also design lessons for a school-wide course in character education. The course focuses on developing students' metacognitive skills through research-tested methods.
In my U.S. History classes, my classes are oriented around discussion. When I lecture, it is brief; I try to encourage students to do as much of the talking and thinking as I can, while creating spaces to push their thinking and encourage them to craft and defend historical arguments. Usually, this entails exposing students to primary and secondary sources and having students answer historical questions through discussion and in writing. When designing character education lessons, I similarly try to build in space for student reflection and discussion. These lessons also include exposing students to research on various character strengths, with me doing as little of the talking as possible. In character education, especially, I try to have students doing as much of the thinking and discovery as possible.
Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching--Semifinalist
I graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, a minor in Economics, and honors in International Security Studies.
I have lived and grown up in the Bay Area my whole life, and live 5 miles from the school I teach. I love teaching, and believe deeply in the quote that is atop my page.