I have been teaching for 12 years with the Compton Unified School District at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Elementary School. More than 50% of our student population is in the foster care system, 100% receive free or reduced breakfast/lunch, and more than 30% are English Language Learners. In these 12 years I have taught Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, a 2/3 combo class, and 4th Grade. Although these 12 years have been very challenging, I wouldn't change it for the world! It's a very rewarding feeling to see your students flourish throughout the school year and see the positive impact you have had in their lives!
I include all learning modalities in my teaching. I make sure I gear my teaching towards my auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learners. I incorporate hands-on-activities, experiments, project-based learning, songs, chants, rhymes, TPR (Total Physical Response), and the use of technology through a SmartBoard, document camera, ipads, classroom computers, and my cell phone. I do all this while still adhering to district curriculum.
2014-2015 Teacher of the Month Award at Dr. Ronald E. McNair ES; 2014-2015 Recognition for TK and Kindergarten students placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the Seed Art Competition for the School's Agriculture and Nutrition Fair held at Pomona Fairplex, CA; 2014-2015 1st Place for Class Science Fair Project at District level; 2015-2016 3rd Place for Class Science Fair Project at District level; 2015-2016 Publication of class book titled "Our Favorite Animals" by the publishing company, Studentreasures.
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a Supplementary Authorization in Math. I also received my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational and Instructional Technology with National University.
I, myself, am a product of the Compton Unified School District. I grew up in Compton and attended elementary, middle, and high school here. I tell my students that anything is possible if they put their minds to it. The sky is the limit! Where they come from is not an obstacle to becoming someone in life. Yes, Compton has its negative side, but Compton also has AMAZING students that are doing wonderful things!