I am a credentialed teacher in the State of CA (K-12 Science-Biology, K-8 Math - Algebra/Geometry) with over 20 years of experience including consultation and development of IEP's/504's. I am brave enough to start conversations that matter.
Professional experiences include public and private education K-12 as well as corporate training, teacher development, Peace Corps and ed tech.
My Education Philosophy:
*Education is the only commodity which will always exceed the initial investment value.
*Knowledge is a form of power - it is the most transformative resource to the individual, community and world at large.
*Education promotes self efficacy in marginalized groups.
*Empowered students (agency) are best able to follow their own North Star.
The cornerstone of my teaching practice is the belief learning and change throughout life are among the most significant endeavors one can pursue. Toward these goals, I truly enjoy and am passionate about my role as a facilitator and educator.
I use a constructivist pedagogical style in my work with students (discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, Socratic method questioning, project and task-based learning) across all subjects with my expertise being in science and math. I feel it is important to address where science and math intersect with history, art, writing and philosophy.
I try to find a reasonable balance between the cognitive learning processes/what mechanisms are necessary to prepare students to excel at the collegiate level, as well as in life and standardized testing. It has been my experience organization and thoughtful reflection helps students most in any learning situation.
Student success is optimal when there is persistence present from the student and their work habits, support from parents for follow through and following through over a period of time instead of expecting success from one or two quick and intense sessions. I prefer working with students on the ACT who begin prep work in their junior year and take the prep seriously.
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