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I have been in the public school system for over 18 years. Currently, I teach computer technology to 7th and 8th graders at Chaboya Middle School and have previously taught math and science. I am a board member of the Silicon Valley Computer Using Educators known as SVCUE whose mission is to share knowledge with other educators about integrating computers and technology to help improve teaching and learning.
Additionally, I was a math instructor for the Valdes Summer Math Institute from 1998 to 2006 and Harker Summer Academy from 2007 to present.
Content knowledge, conveying information in a age-appropriate manner, along with patience, understanding, and a sense of humor go a long way in establishing an appropriate student-teacher relationship and a suitable learning environment.
Before I became a public school educator, I made my livelihood in music - performing, studio work, and giving private lessons in guitar and bass. I came into the public school system by accident when I realized I enjoyed being in the classroom during a long term substitute assignment. I also hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies and Performance from SJSU and an M.A. in Educational Technology from SDSU.
I began studying guitar along with private instructors at age 12. I began teaching guitar privately after high school and also performed at different venues and styles of music with a variety of musical groups. At San Jose State University, my major was Music - Jazz Performance with guitar as my main instrument. I earned a B.A. in Music in 1987.
I continue to study and perform music as much as I can. I am well versed in jazz as well as other styles of music.
I am a long time user of Macintosh computers beginning in the late 1980s. In 2005, I was given the opportunity to teach with Macintosh computers to 7th and 8th graders. I am currently the computer technology teacher as well as the tech support person at my school site. I keep up with this particular operating system by subscribing to MacWorld as well as online websites such as MacRumors, The Unofficial Mac Web Blog, and Ars Technica Apple section.
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