I have been teaching for 34 years, first in urban Los Angeles, and now in Knoxville, Tennessee. My years in Los Angeles were spent mostly in third, fourth, and fifth grade combination classrooms for gifted students. Here in Knoxville, I teach fifth grade in a suburban school.
I believe that every student is capable of reaching the bar, pretty much wherever we set it. I teach to my higher students, then use a lot of extra support to make sure that my struggling students reach proficiency and beyond. My style is somewhat unorthodox, and I use a lot of humor both in my instruction and my discipline. I have a lot of fun, and so do my students.
I achieved National Board Certification in 2000. In California, I was honored as Science Teacher of the Year and Math Teacher of the Year. Here in Knoxville, I was named Teacher of the Year twice at the school level and once at the county level. My former students have honored me numerous times by submitting my name for Who's Who.
My degrees come from Cal State Dominguez Hills. I have earned many post grad credits and certificates from both UCLA and USC. I have participated in and mentored in programs such as UCLA's SWIMSS and Target Math.
I enjoy teaching as much now as I did when I began. I believe every child has the right to be challenged and deserves the chance to strive. I began my teaching career in Los Angeles, California. My school was an inner city, year-round school in one of the most populated neighborhoods in LA. After a few years, I became the Gifted Coordinator, and then a few years after that, I wrote a grant to begin a school within our school for highly gifted students. The school was known as a School for Advanced Studies and we set up nine classrooms for gifted students where they could be challenged and taught all day long. My students went on with scholarships to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Occidental, Oxford, and every University of California school in the state.