UC Berkeley (public health SW)
CSU Dominguez Hills CA (Master's)
California State University Long Beach (CSULB) (Other)
I have been teaching for more than 15 years and I have traveled internationally to over 10 nations. I have taught students ranging in age from 3 months to 20 years old. Ability ranges include special education, English Language Learners (ELL), gifted and talented, and mid-range students. I have worked as a pre-school teacher, childcare director, mentor, librarian, dean, coach, substitute, middle and high school teacher. Throughout my career I have developed and used the ability to motivate and inspire others through my creativity and skills. As an educator, I consistently use positive reinforcement, negotiation, active listening and positive energy in the classroom. I feel it is important that each child feel successful in some way. It is just as important that they are respectful of themselves and others and they tolerate and appreciate differences. A supportive network is also crucial. I consistently communicate with fellow teachers, administration and parents regarding the successes and challenges of my students. Experience has guided my classroom management and discipline philosophies. Setting standards and guidelines and being consistent is imperative in the classroom. Once this is established, learning is more likely to succeed.
I believe every student can learn and is hungry for knowledge. It is important to tap into each child’s potential and discover their individual learning styles. I integrate auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and written lessons to reach different students. I also use differentiated instruction to assist students with learning disabilities as well as gifted and talented. I know that when you make a connection with students they are excited about learning. It must be relevant to their experience and they must be able to challenge themselves according to the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The focus should be student-centered. Cooperative learning, clusters and technology are important to the success of today’s learner. Critical thinking is necessary for students to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. Different assessments must be made possible for different students. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in determining how and what a student’s successes are. I have taught Harvard-bound students as well as gang members in South Central Los Angeles. Levels of success are interpretive. Flexibility and creativity are vital to success in the classroom. Students must be recognized at their individual level as they enter the classroom. Each must be supported to succeed in learning as much as possible for that particular student in that time frame.
Also, more recently I have noticed a significant increase in stress and obesity in teens. Receiving a certification in yoga has increased my awareness of well being and how to achieve it and it is something I am very passionate about when it comes to my students. Mindfulness for stress reduction, healthy lifestyles, and healthy bodies are vital to a successful school and life path for young and old alike.
I have been teaching for more than 15 years and I have traveled internationally to over 10 nations. I have taught students ranging in age from 3 months to 20 years old. Ability ranges include special education, English Language Learners (ELL), gifted and talented, and mid-range students. I have worked as a pre-school teacher, childcare director,