Currently a Multiple Subject 5th Grade Teacher for a Major Urban School District in Northern California. Have previously taught for the two largest school districts in the country - NYC and Los Angeles. Most at home at the most challenging and diverse public schools. Earlier was a tech teacher and supervised a cluster of schools for an award-winning after school program. I graduated from a Big 10 university with a degree from their renowned journalism school which afforded me the opportunity to work in public television news and public affairs and later for a variety of cable and network television shows.
My teaching style and pedagogy is predicated on social justice principals. I align my teaching to student centered, constructivist, paradigms. I believe technology is a necessary component in lesson development and delivery, as well as harnessing the personal devices students utilize in their daily lives. I also adhere to the pursuit of creating a strong community of learners in numerous ways that are reflective of the diversity of cultures I continue to have the privilege of serving.
Future City Competition - Western Region - Environmental Award
I didn't choose teaching as a career. Rather, it chose me. I began as a radio/tv production teacher at a vocational school in the Upper Midwest. My undergraduate degree is from Indiana University-Bloomington. I received my credential from Antioch University-Los Angeles. If anything, I continue to pursue Life Long Learning enrichment opportunities, such as, but notwithstanding, attendance at Writer's/Reader's Workshops at Columbia University's Teacher's College.
Creative person with a depth of knowledge, thanks to my background in communications, to develop curriculum that appeals to students of the 21st Century.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Basic Principles, Arts & Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Martin Luther King Day, For All Subjects