Jill Rivero currently teaches 6th and 7th Grade Science, including 7th Grade Honors Life Science. She also serves as the coordinator for a 7th Grade Field Studies Trip each year to California’s Catalina Island CELP Program (Catalina Environmental Leadership Program), and mentors the Middle School ECO-Club. Mrs. Rivero has taught at Middle School for 9 years, and has also been published with the Wyland Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and has a valid California CLEAR Single Subject Teaching Credential, as well as a Master’s in Science Education. Mrs. Rivero also has a Certificate of Marine Park’s Management through Boston University and the School For Field Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Mrs. Rivero has served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Fisheries Extension Agent and volunteered a 3rd year to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader where she coordinated Americans serving in Central Africa. During her time in Africa, Mrs. Rivero also volunteered over 2 months of her time to working with orphaned baby Western Lowland Gorillas with the Projet De Protection Des Gorilles, which worked to rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned gorillas back into the wild. Through her time in Africa, Mrs. Rivero learned to speak fluent French, and some of the Indigenous local dialects. After Mrs. Rivero returned to the United States, she worked with the PISCES Project out of San Diego State University as a Science Corps Assistant, traveling throughout San Diego as a traveling Science teacher, working with elementary inner city school groups at both the San Diego Zoo, and in elementary schools. Mrs. Rivero completed her Master’s thesis documenting the indigenous knowledge of a Southern Californian Band of Mission Indians, working with both the Tribal Elders and youth from the Boys and Girls Club of the Reservation. She also worked for a 5- week, High School Marine Ecology program in Mexico for At-Risk Youth. Mrs. Rivero taught 3 years of High School Biology and worked with a team of teachers to help design, implement and teach the first ever Marine Biology course for Seniors that qualified as a pre-requisite Science Lab course for college requirement.
I personally love project-based learning that addresses real-world problems. Link that with historical figures and events in time, and science comes alive. I was educated based off of the philosophies of constructivist, and inquiry-based science as well as using socratic methods in the classroom, but I like to link outdoor education learning strategies with small-group activities, peer-grading and pair-share collaboration experiences.
-Science Fair California Teacher of The Year Nominee 2015 -Earth Hero Recipient, $500.00, Wyland Foundation and Disney, April 2011 -Teacher of the Month, High School, January 2008 -Presenter CSTA, Indigenous Science Master's Thesis, Walking Two Worlds, 2003 -Beta Beta Beta Honorary Fraternity, University Biology Department, 1995 to 1996 -Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity, College of Agriculture, State University, 1993
-California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences Valid April, 2008 to Present -Successful completion of BTSA Induction Year 1 and 2, June 2007 -B.S. in Biology, St. Ambrose University, 1996 -M.A. in Science Education, Focus on Indigenous Science, San Diego State University, 2003 -San Diego State University's Teacher Credential Program Science Pipeline Internship with Sweetwater Union High School District, 2003-2005
-Pacific Northwest Backpacking Trip Leader Course, National Outdoor Leadership School, Pasayton Wilderness, WA., August 2005 -Professional Development in Professional Learning Communities, PLC's Seminar, July 2011 -Professional Development in Biogenetic Engineering, Biogen Idec Teacher Summer Institute, 2005 -Staff Development for Educators Programs, Guided Reading Management Instruction and Language Development in Action, 2003 -Coastal Oceanography Teacher Educator Course, San Diego State University and Marine Tropical Research and Education Center, Belize, 2003