I have been teaching at the high school level for 16 years. Prior to high school, I taught middle school for 4 years. Most of my experience has been teaching English Language Arts. I have a wide range of students in my classes from English language learners to special ed to honors to Advanced Placement. I have also taught a variety of beginning writing courses at the local community college. I currently teach high school English and work as a Literacy Coach at the high school, guiding teachers in various curricular areas through the adoption of Common Core.
I have always believed that all kids have the ability to learn - regardless of their backgrounds. I believe they are our future; they are the ones who will elect the next president and vote for the propositions that affect our lives. Therefore, the classroom must foster critical thinking and reading and writing skills.
The best reward I can ever have is when a student raises his or her hand and reveals that he/she "gets" it by sharing an analytical thought, revealing the full scope of their critical thinking skills. That's success and that is all I need - proof that my efforts pay off.
I have a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in The Teaching of English. I am also a Fellow of the National Writing Project.
I have two children and live in California with my spouse. I watch my little ones learning, processing, thinking and creating and I understand so much more about the learning process of my own students. It amazes me how their minds work - both those of my children and my students. Kids of all ages are amazing!
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), Communications, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Coaching, Close Reading