I have been teaching Special Education for 11 years, and it is my passion! I have taught junior high (6th-8th) English, Math, Science, and History. I have also taught high school English (9th-12th), P.E., Music, ASB (Associated Student Body), Health, Yearbook, Photography, and Journalism.
I believe that rapport with students is what allows a teacher to be an effective educator. My teaching style relies heavily on the connections I make with my students. We do a great deal of class discussion and group projects. I also believe that it is imperative that teachers find fun, high-interest materials and activities for students to utilize and engage in. These materials and activities should be designed in a way that allows for individualization to accommodate students' unique needs, and should encourage students to explore concepts and create high quality products with scaffolded guidance provided by the materials and/or teacher.
Sequoia Charter School Teacher of the Year (2009-2010) Sequoia Charter School Teacher of the Year (2011-2012)
BA-Music (Loyola Marymount University) M/M SPED Credential (California State University Northridge) Masters-Educational Leadership (University of LaVerne) Administrative Credential (University of LaVerne)
Both of my parents are educators. My mother was the assistant principal of my elementary school, and my father was the assistant principal of my high school. I highly value the years of observation I was privy to as the child of educators! I have had the opportunity to be raised in an environment where learning was a priority, and my creativity was fostered. I have been immersed in education my entire life, and am highly passionate about my vocation! My mission in life is to pass that passion on to future generations.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, World History, Arts & Music, Music, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day