As a former student of both public and private schools, I understand the importance of academic success. I also understand that students are confronted with a plethora of obstacles contributing that success. Well, I am here to help!
My own academic success consist of graduating from Highland High School (1999), receiving my Associates Degree from the Central New Mexico Community College in Liberal Arts (2003), a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies from the University of New Mexico (2006), and a Masters of Arts in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State University in California (2010). After receiving my MA, I returned to Albuquerque and to CNM. At this time, I focused on courses in Early Childhood Development, Multicultural Education, Internet Business, Entrepreneurship and Adobe Photoshop.
For the last four years, I have been working for Albuquerque Public Schools as a Level 2 Licensed (NM) Substitute Teacher. I enjoy working at the various public schools here in Albuquerque, and teaching all ages and grades, ranging from K-12. While working as a Substitute Teacher, I have gained a lot of experience teaching a wide variety of subjects in Elementary, Middle, and High School classrooms.
I speak both English and Spanish. Being bilingual provides me with the ability to teach Spanish to others, as well as the skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking students and families.
My extensive experience working with students in Special Education Classes has helped to sharpen a variety of my own skills, such as patience and understanding, so that I can be more effective as an educator. When I am not substitute teaching, I work part-time as a Behavioral Therapist. As a Behavioral Therapist, I work with children with Autism, providing ABA therapy focused on improving social, communication and independent living skills.
I am a very creative and artistic person, and I like to incorporate art and creativity within lessons and activities. My teaching philosophy maintains that it is imperative to provide students with relevant, interesting and relatable information in order to maintain a learning environment that promotes student engagement. As an advocate of scaffolding, I am constantly challenging students. I believe that successful students learn better in an environment that is not stagnant, so I often incorporate both indoor and outdoor environments as part of the classroom and learning experience.
Although the majority of my experience is with students in both primary and secondary education levels, I am excited to work with students of all ages, and with various learning needs and sensitivities. I invite anyone seeking academic success to contact me, and together we can explore and journey through the world of learning. I look forward to hearing and working with you soon!
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