I am an author, artist, and former District Instructional Coach for the Lancaster School District, serving as the Implementation Manager for READ 180 and System 44 (HMH adaptable technology programs for struggling readers) and iRead (HMH TK-2 reading foundations). I've also co-managed VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) grants, initiatives, and professional development. Additionally, I've designed and taught courses that integrate literacy, technology and the arts to engage students and accelerate learning. I've taught multiple subjects (grades 5th-6th), language arts/social students (grades 7th-8th), and READ 180/System 44 (grades 6th-8th).
Students flourish given opportunities for individual choice, personal voice, and artistic expression. Basic skills mastery should prepare students for relevant, real world applications that require collaboration, creativity, and "...skills essential for today's job market: prioritization, problem solving, and adaptability" (Ruzwana Bashir, Co-Founder and CEO of PEEK, Internet Travel Business).
• Outstanding Student School of Education 2004, California State University, Bakersfield • Outstanding Student Master of Arts in Education 2004, Curriculum and Instruction, California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley Extension • Teacher of the Year, Endeavour Middle School 2005/2006 • CTAP, California Technology Assistance Program, Grant 2004 • Scholarship Recipient of Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History, Williamsburg, Virginia • Teacher of the Year, Desert View Elementary School 2002/2003
Master in Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction 2004: Master’s Project: Providing Educational Equity in a Standards-based Learning System; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 2002, California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley Extension, Lancaster, California, ELD Authorization and Supplemental Authorizations in English and Mathematics; Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Students, California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley Extension, Lancaster, California
Owner of JoDee Luna Art and Luna Arts & Ed LLC. I am a portrait and mixed media artist and author who enjoys many forms of creative expression! I believe the creative process infuses with courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas, and so I seek to share insights with others through my art, book, Refrain from the Identical, Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, and websites http://jodeelunaart.com and https://lunaartsed.com Previous to my career in education, I co-owned an arts and crafts business.