I am finishing up my 7th year as a middle school English teacher (8th grade) at a large and diverse school in San Jose, California. I have taught: reading intervention, grade level 8th grade English, advanced 8th grade English, and speech and debate. For the past 5 years, I have been the chair of the English-Language Arts department at my school. Over this period of time, most teachers within the department have shown tremendous growth on state standardized tests. I am proud to have played a small role in the success of our teachers and students.
I use a variety of teaching and engagement strategies. The diverse population I serve will only be successful if they are engaged and entertained; and since success is the greatest motivator, I strive to foster success and growth in my classroom. I have focused my attention on differentiated instruction for varying ability levels within my classroom. I also incorporate Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) as often as possible.
PAC Tin Grant recipient (2011-2013). The grant focused on advancing the oral and written English of English Language Learners. Teacher of the Year (Willow Glen Middle School, 2009)
Secondary teaching credential, San Jose State University, 2007 BA in Communication Studies, minor in English, San Jose State University 2006
San Jose Area Writing Project presenter, San Jose State University, 2013. My Super Saturday presentation focused on bridging California Content Standards and Common Core State Standards (writing). PAC Tin grant presentation, UC Davis, 2013 National Council of the Teachers of English Conference Attendee November 2011 and November 2012 WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Coordinator at Willow Glen Middle School August 2007-June 2012
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Arts & Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, English, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Study Skills, Basic Reading, Writing, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation