I have eight years of teaching experience in the public school system and at a public charter school teaching grades 9-12 ESL and college prep and Honors English.
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Teacher of the Year 2017
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
I am a high school English teacher and Etsy shop owner in San Diego, California. Just a few years ago I was living my dream as a teacher. As a young teacher, I could really connect with my students, build relationships, bring energy and fun into the classroom, and, coincidentally, be vulnerable to budget cuts. I love my home and my city, but a future in education had become nearly impossible with budget woes. "Pink Slips," which ironically are not pink, had sadly become a normalcy in California and I was not immune. I was determined not to give up, yet wasn't sure where to turn. I decided to take my income into my own hands and began selling handmade goods on Etsy and created my shop Pink Slip Inspiration. Thankfully, it wasn't long until I was back in the classroom and I now continue to make items on Etsy and teach full-time. As a teacher, I encourage my students to constantly learn and educate themselves and I plan on living out these instructions. This Pink Slip didn't slow me down, it inspired me to perfect other skills and learn new ones :) Thanks to all of you who inspire me with your work each day!