I taught 7th grade Medieval World History in San Bernardino, California for three years before moving in 2012 to northern California, where I am now in my sixth year teaching 8th grade United States History.
My approach to teaching is guided by my love for working with adolescents and my appreciation of history. I see teaching history as an opportunity to build important, lasting skills. Middle school students have a keen ability to judge others and I take advantage of this as a means of teaching students to evaluate different perspectives, actions, and events from historical standpoints. I tell history as a drama so that students build their own opinions about past people and events. The ability to think critically about different sides of an issue is a valuable skill they will use in their personal and professional lives. I strive to teach such that even if my students forget dates and names (which they will), they will have the ability to analyze, evaluate, and understand the world around them and will be able to read, discuss, write, and otherwise communicate their ideas and opinions effectively.
2017 CLMS Region 5 Teacher of the Year Finalist Leading Edge Certified Digital Educator Nominated for Gilder-Lehrman's National History Teacher of the Year
MA, Curriculum and Instruction, 2012 California Single-Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD BA, Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, 2008
I am a California-based teacher with a love for the middle school setting.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Sociology, Geography, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Library Skills, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Black History Month, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, End of Year