I received my B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2008 and earned a M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California in 2011. I feel that the USC Rossier School of Education’s focus on the social context surrounding schools and application of learning theories to classroom practice—“seeing” students—pushed me, and will continue to push me, to be innovative in all that I do in any and all learning environments I encounter.
My USC-related teaching experience involved me student teaching at Western Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles. Over 50 percent of students at Western Avenue were English Language Learners with abilities ranging from Below Basic to Above Grade Level. My approach throughout was to set high expectations for students, make lessons personally and culturally relevant, model and insist on higher-level thinking, facilitate meaningful conversation, and highlight the importance of collaboration via project-based learning.
Since graduating from USC, I have worked as an Admissions Coordinator at the University of San Diego as well as an Admission Counselor for online Master’s programs at Ashford University. In my role at USD, I got a unique opportunity to advise a diverse student population interested in a broad range of academic programs. At Ashford, I advised students from all over the United States while discovering what it means to communicate in an online environment.
I might add here that my experience at Ashford University gave me the technical know-how to apply for a position at Polytec, Inc. where I was responsible for overseeing a wide range of technical and written materials for a high-tech engineering group. Seeing such high-tech science at work has helped me to rethink the power of scientific (virtual) demonstrations and how science might be packaged to give young children hands-on opportunities to learn. In my new(est) position in a business development role for a treasury management software company, the same sort of high-tech, forward ("in the cloud") thinking applies.
The tutoring I did for Grade Potential Tutoring and Stepping Stone Tutors while working at USD, Ashford, and Polytec and the time I spent substitute teaching (2012) for the Lemon Grove School District confirmed the fact that, for me, nothing beats working with--teaching and learning from--children. This is where my true passion lies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology and Social Behavior
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Master of Arts, Teaching
State Certified Teacher
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