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I have enjoyed my time as a middle school teacher for the past 2 years and the time I spent as an associate teacher before that. As an associate teacher, I made sure to follow through with the lesson plans that teachers had set out for me to implement and provided the teachers feedback on each class.

In December of 2013, I obtained a Bachelor of the Arts in Education from the University of Houston-
Downtown. During my time in college, I took a few theatre courses and made the Dean’s List. After
college, I began my teaching career as an associate teacher for Houston ISD and assisted many teachers
at several schools with the most frequent being Heights High School, Sam Houston High School, Waltrip
High School and Westside High School. I am currently a 7th & 8th grade ELAR teacher. As their teacher, it is important to me to create a positive and engaging environment for students. I have created rigorous lesson plans that have involved many projects and research papers. I have also ensured that my students explore many different realms of not only literacy, but the art of
literacy by having them create beautiful poems, putting on plays and commercials, many of which the
students have written. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve great results. In my lessons, I have
incorporated several opportunities for students to work together in student led activities included but
not limited to: readers theatre, gallery walks, and student created anchor charts that they present and
explain concepts to their peers. Placing high performing students with students that are in need of
more support has proven to be highly effective. Students tend to enjoy learning from each other in this
small comfortable environment. Throughout my time at The Rusk School, I have assisted the magnet
coordinator with many events, kept my bulletin boards up to date, ensured that my classroom has
student work displayed all around and built a great relationship with students and their parents. I have
also welcomed any feedback that may help improve me as a teacher and done my very best to ensure
that any feedback given to me by those in administration and other teachers has been successfully
achieved. I have worked hard in ensuring my students are ready for the STAAR test by holding after
school tutorials weekly as well as Saturdays. Last year as a first year teacher, my students performed
exceptionally well on their STAAR test.

As a reading teacher, I choose reading material that is of high interest to my students. For example, last year, I read “To Selena, With Love” by Chris Perez, her widower, aloud as my students followed along for our biography unit. I took that opportunity to teach various reading concepts such as making connections, characterization, plot development, inferencing, and writing, etc. When we concluded our lesson, the students wrote letters to the author and in return, he surprised them with a visit which included a Q&A. This allowed students to be able to look at the book from the author’s perspective which is an essential reading concept.

It’s important to me to take my student’s learning beyond the classroom environment. Last year, I was the one in my grade level to plan out, organize, and raise money for our field trips. Every Tuesday morning at 7am I dedicated my time to volunteering to sharing my knowledge and techniques in theatre with students who are interested and want to be a part of the experience and heighten their level of art and reading combined. In my theatre class, my students have learned the basics of theatre ranging from improving their vocal range, understanding stage directions and camera angles when reading a play or screenplay, visualization, exploring improvisation, and even touching the base of acting with doing a few fun scenes.

Angelina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston-Downtown - Bachelor in Arts, Early Childhood Education

Hobbies

I enjoy traveling to as many places as possible. My favorite place to visit is Los Angeles. One of my goals in life is to travel to every country/continent. I love theatre, film, and television. I went to HSPVA for theatre. I love animals especially cats. I enjoy going to festivals as much as I can. I love meeting new people so I am very interactive with my students.

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Phonics

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Test Prep

Writing