University of California, Santa Cruz
UCSC Santa Cruz (EdD)
I am a retired teacher of English, Spanish, ESL, and Special Education. Currently, I teach two classes a week at LBCC in Spanish. I have also taught guitar, voice, violin and art over the years. I began playing the violin at age seven, and the guitar when I was fifteen. I also enjoy writing my own songs and helping students express themselves through the creative arts.
My teaching philosophy is to make an offering to help students discover that they have the ability to accomplish whatever it is they need to accomplish. I also help students in life skills such as stress management, decision-making, conflict resolution, and self-esteem. By expressing themselves through the arts, they are not only empowered to do better at school and at home, but they also recognize that every action they take makes a real difference in their lives and in the lives around them. I have taken kids to Russia, Mexico, and Japan to share their art, music and personal stories to students from other cultures. In the process, they come to understand that we are all similar despite our differences, and that we all yearn to reach out, find friends, be happy, and become successful for now and for the future. I am a retired teacher of English, Spanish, ESL, and Special Education. Currently, I teach two classes a week at LBCC in Spanish. I have also taught guitar, voice, violin and art over the years. I began playing the violin at age seven, and the guitar when I was fifteen. I also enjoy writing my own songs and helping students express themselves
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I have been a certified English teacher since 1976. I am also a published author of articles, poems, essays, and memoirs, as well as having developed technical training courses for large companies such as System Studies of North America and Dynatel 3-M. My original integrated arts curriculum teaches skills in decision-making, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.
Taught ESL/ESOL in Japan, Colorado, Oregon, and California, to adults and children, and am a retired Spanish and English teacher.
I hold a California Lifetime Credential (which I received in 1975) in Folk Guitar. I began playing the guitar when I was 15 years old, learning from my brother (who took lessons). During the 1960's and 70's I was a folk singer in Denver and Mexico City. More recently, I have played the Art Walk circuit in Brookings, Oregon, and currently teach Mexican folk songs and original songs in Spanish, to my students at LBCC.
I was an English and Spanish Literature major at University of California in Santa Cruz. I have also taught high school literature, poetry and stage script analysis.
Having been on stage from an early age, and as a teacher, I have had many opportunities to speak in front of large and small audiences. In 1989, I was invited to speak at the International Computer Club's first meeting in Moscow. My subject was "Be Nice to Your Computer and it will Be Nice to You." Subsequently, I have spoken on this and other topics at press conferences, radio and TV interviews, promoting Youth Ambassadors of America. Throughout the years, I have been a performance artist reading my own material at various venues in Maui, Hawaii, Denver, Colorado, and Brookings, Oregon.
I have written more than 30 songs throughout my lifetime, and specifically twelve songs for Angelita and the Way of AEthergis, a 3-act musical fable that I wrote and produced in Boulder, Colorado in 2001. Currently, I teach Spanish for LBCC in Corvallis, and use my original songs in Spanish to enhance the lessons.
I learned Spanish in Mexico when I was fifteen living in Mexico City with a family who spoke no English. Later, my double major was in English and Spanish Literature. I have taught high school Spanish, and currently teach Spanish conversation at our local community college, LBCC.
I began learning the violin at 7 years old, and won 1st chair in the second violin section of Denver's All City Orchestra in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. I was also in my middle school and high school's concert orchestras. I have maintained my skills playing the violin throughout my adult life.
I have published many articles, essays, poems, memoirs, and technical training modules. Publications have appeared in Maui Inc Magazine, The Miniature Gazette, Coydog Review, Forms Anthologies, and Tangents. I have also published a full-color book of my silk art, haiku, and commentaries on the creative process, "Illuminating the Mundane" published by River Sanctuary Publishing Company.