I have taught Social Studies and English in a variety of capacities, from the Junior College level to Alternatie Education. I taught for several years in a Court and Community School system, working with at-risk youth and students on probation. In alternative education I taught reading intervention, history, literature and any other subject they needed. I have taught college prep, intro classes and remedial English classes. In addition to my secondary experience, I have also served as an instructor at Mendocino College for the last seven years, teaching survey courses in U.S. History and also a standalone Native American History class. Short list of courses I've taught. I consider breadth and cross-curricular lesson design to be very important. American Institutions/Civics Gardening Art Earth Science Pre-Algebra U.S. History Mock Trial World History College level Early/Modern U.S. History Leadership Consumer Math Character-Based Literacy ELA Remedial English (Phonics and Fluency) Reading Intervention 21st Century Skills College Level Native American History
High-energy and academically rigorous curriculum and informed by the Common Core State Standards. I rely on fundamental social science reading skills and literacy in my classes at every level. I support the literacy-based instruction with interactive activities, engaging powerpoint presentations and thoughtful teacher-led discussions of historical topics. Using music and sound is a favorite strategy of mine. I use a lot of visual material, especially political cartoons. During my time in Alternative Education I picked up many strategies to engage hard to reach students. I grew up in a working-class family, so I try to bring high-level academic discourse to class and make it accessible to all students. I have been training in the Common Core and appropriate reading strategies over the last few years. I have also taken up leadership positions regarding assessments, support systems and literacy. Currently I am in the process of completely integrating my curriculum with a classroom set of Chromebooks, so I will be uploading more material soon.
National Education Association Representative for California Teachers Association, Washington D.C., Summer 2016 Gilder Lehrman Institute Summer Teacher Seminar, Native American History, Dartmouth College, Summer 2017
I attended Ukiah High School in Ukiah, CA. From there I studied at Mendocino Junior College, receiving an Associates' Degrees in English and Psychology. I transferred to U.C. Berkeley, and eventually ended up graduating from Sonoma State University after children were born with a BA in History. I continued my academic career at SSU, getting a Master's in History and a Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Science. I also have received training in reading intervention, Character-Based Literacy and have a VPSS (math) credential and a California Clear Credential, and have completed BTSA.
I have published several academic papers, and have specialties in oral history, Modern U.S. and Modern European history and Native American history. I think all the disciplines are part of one larger branch of human knowledge, and I try to connect them as much as possible in my classes to support the whole student. I am a family man and my favorite book is Catch-22.