I've been teaching for 10 years. For several of those, I had the opportunity to focus on science and social studies for 4th-6th grades in Pasadena, California.
Education should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving while stimulating creativity and curiosity. I teach using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach that nurtures and develops studentsâ€™ various talents and links content standards to meaningful experiences. I believe in an academically rigorous, well-rounded, child-centered curriculum that fosters growth with high expectations and positive reinforcement.
- Teacher of Excellence Award (2010) Pasadena Rotary Club (One of five teachers selected in the Pasadena Unified School District) - Altadena NAACP Teacher of the Year for San Rafael Elementary (2007) - Successful grant writer - Pasadena Educational Foundation Grants - 2004: Art Integration - 2005: United Streaming Technology Infusion - 2006: Digital Storytelling - 2007: Math Magic - LACOE Digital Voice Project Grant 2006 - Pasadena Math Pipeline teacher, co-led district summer math trainings - Achieved the highest percentage gains for fifth-grade student achievement (Proficient and Advanced categories) in the Pasadena Unified School District for the state Science STAR exam. (2005) - Nominated for Who's Who Among American Teachers (2005)
CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Pomona, CA Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Design-Based Learning June 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, FL Bachelor of Science in Education Major: Elementary Education May 2000
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Physical Education, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Professional Development, Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, Summer, End of Year, Engineering, Classroom Community