Two years ago, my daughter's kindergarten teacher, who was also my workout buddy, talked me into doing a mud run with her. Not only did I have to run through five kilometers of mud to the finish line, but I also faced my fear of heights, worms, and rolling around in mud in public. However, the sense of accomplishment I felt once I finished was phenomenal! (That explains the profile picture.) In my life, I've had to face many obstacles, having grown up as the daughter of farm workers and being the first in my family to go to college. I've also been a single mom, had to raise three great kids on my own and struggled with depression and anxiety. However, I believe that facing my fears and overcoming them, like I did that mountain of mud, has helped me become a better person and a better teacher. My background is one of the reasons I am so passionate about teaching in a bilingual classroom.
Besides teaching at a third grade bilingual classroom for fourteen years, I have also been a Teacher Consultant for the Great Valley Writing Project since the summer of 2012, and have worked with the California Writing Project in developing lessons for the California Department of Education's Brokers of Expertise and am a member of the California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Core Leadership Team. In addition to this, I am an instructional coach at my site, as well as a technology trainer, and a member of our school site council. As of 2014 I've been an NGSS Early Implementer through a K-12 West Ed initiative, and am currently involved in our district's STEM initiative.
On a personal note, I am the mother of four, own a naughty terrier mix, and enjoy reading, writing, and watching Dr. Who and the Try Guys. And yas, someday I may do another mud run, but for now, becoming a better educator and reaching some professional goals are the "mountains" I'll climb.
September 20, 2014
My Lesson Plans
November 2, 2014