After thirty plus years of classroom teaching in a low socio-economic school, I decided to apply my skill in other ways...sharing the STEAMs I have done over the years with you, my fellow teachers. Before entering our profession, I substituted for 3 years to see if teaching was a fit for me. I taught for 7 years in kindergarten, 17 years at the middle school teaching Mathematics (remedial arithmetic - prealgebra) and History (Paleolithic Times - Age of Exploration and American History) and finally, 4 years at a math and science magnet school (general science). While teaching at Sycamore School, Claremont, I presented at the Claremont Reading Symposium and have also presented at Chapman University 's Conference for Challenged Students on Rethinking Homework. I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction which I obtained after decades in the classroom and when I felt I was truly a master of this craft.
Teacher as facilitator. Classes are student-centered, collaborative, and hands-on. I subscribe to the Chinese proverb: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. Art and games to support student understanding of content are incorporated into activities and projects.
Presenter at Claremont Reading Conference; Mentor Teacher; MESA Affiliate; 20 plus years in the classroom with Pomona Unified School District GATE coordinator
Math Their Way, A.I.M.S., and Renaissance Math trained. Worked with MESA program (for middle school Science and Math through Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA. Studied at the Padagogische Hochschule, Gottingen, Germany and hold a clear Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate. Received a master's degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction in 2005.Middle School Mentor Teacher and Master Teacher Resource 1995-2009.
Born and raised in the Territory of Hawaii; Single parent who raised two independent, ethical, reliable and awesomely wonderful sons.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Physical Education, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Informational Text, Test Preparation