I began my teaching career in Okinawa, Japan more than 10 years ago. Since then, I have taught in an inner city high school, a gifted program at a Math/Premed Magnet, and I spent time with a Refugee Resettlement education program for new refugees entering the United States. Working in diverse school settings has transformed not only my philosophy about teaching, but also about life. I use stories and lessons that my students can relate to and try to create an authentic environment where my students feel comfortable taking academic risk and trying new things.
I have a student centered classroom where I focus on creating a rich environment where all students feel comfortable. I spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year making building relationships with the students and encouraging students to build relationships with each other. I like to use strategies and anecdotes during my mini lessons so students have a connection to the topic.
Speaker at the 2011 NCTE Convention in Chicago.
AA in Philosophy, Spanish and Pre-Law BA in English MS in Education Law Certified in Gifted grades 6-12 and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) All grades Certified to teach English Grades 6-12
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