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Olivia

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I am currently a math teacher at Locke High School in Green Dot Public Charter Schools. I am known as an individual that prides herself in thorough educational practices such as lesson planning, implementing technology, assessing students one on one and in cooperative learning environments. I am an advocate of 21st Century Learning and strongly believe innovation, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration are essential skills to preparing young students for their future.

I have taught in middle and high school math classes for the last 6 years. I have a Bachelors in Mathematics Education and a Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. I consider myself to be an advocate for students in urban high need schools. I have a particular interest in the improvement of the instruction of teachers and I believe aligning well designed curriculum with teacher enthusiasm and development leads to student success and student engagement. Through studying existing theories and practices to understand their basic foundations, I seek advancement as a mathematics teacher. I strive to make a difference wherever I can.

I consider myself 50% Social Constructivist, 25% Progressivist, and 25% Social Reconstructivist. I believe in facilitating learning to develop one's own understanding of content. I allow learners to personalize and interpret information. I try to create environments for learning to be constructed. Emphasis on student cooperative problem solving. I believe student curiosity and confidence in every lesson is important. I think students learn by doing.

My goal is to create students who are flexible problem solvers and critical thinkers in real world applications rather than expert memorizers of procedures. Learning is a catalysis for students to become effective communicators, writers, and listeners in academic and social settings. Learning must be a life-long goal in order to grow as active and productive individuals. My philosophy of education is impacted by many factors and I want to be more mindful of that. One aspect that is important to my philosophy is truth. I believe, as an educator, I have a vital obligation to understand what and why students are obligated to learn a specific concept and then translate that purpose to students to enable them the best opportunity to understand the beauty of mathematics and how their minds work mathematically.

Olivia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Dominguez Hills - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: California State University-Dominguez Hills - Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction

Hobbies

Reading and watching geeky/nerdy stuff, Working Out, Pets, Journaling, Star Wars, Harry Potter