Before becoming a teacher, I worked for several years as a before and after school mentor and site director. I have instructed at college preparatory middle schools in Los Angeles for the last three years, and these experiences have certainly focused my vision as a lifelong educator.
For me, the foundations of education are established upon high expectations, dedication, and support through several teaching modalities. I strive to invite my students into projects that access and demonstrate their critical and visual thinking skills. I identify with any teacher that has experienced strong rapport with their students through flexible homogeneous grouping and reciprocal teaching. These special bonds encourage invaluable family partnerships that serve to strengthen the school and community. My personal experiences with youths have taught me the importance of building positive relationships, engaging students, and teaching the whole person. In 2013 I piloted a blended learning model and have been hooked ever since. My students take an "entry ticket" every day that drives their instruction every day. Depending on their entry ticket score, students will go to either a Mild, Medium, Spicy, or Caliente activity/ or lesson for the day.
Sept. 2003-June 2005: Americorps Volunteer and Cool School Mentor in Santa Rosa, Certificate of National Service 2006- 2007: Newport-Mesa Super Star Award for Excellence in Education June 2009-Sept. 2010: Site Director for YMCA of Orange County and Mariners Elementary School, 2009 Principal Award 2011-2012: Inner City Education Foundation Vista Academy Teacher of the Year
California State University Master of Science (M.S.) Education, Curriculum and Instruction 2011 – 2013 California State University-Fullerton Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, K-8 2008 – 2009 California State University Bachelor of Science (BS), Child and Adolescent Development 2005 – 2008
I enjoy hanging out with friends, riding my bike to the beach, and simply, relaxing.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Math, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Study Skills, ESL / ELL / EFL