I was born and raised in Poway, CA. I went to Valley Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle School, and Poway High. After graduating high school in 1998, I briefly attended Palomar and Miramar College. In 2001 I moved to Brownsville, Texas (located at the very Southern tip of Texas on the border of Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico). I started college again in 2002 at the University of Texas at Brownsville. I graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (teaching). I earned a double teaching certification in EC-4 Generalist and Special Education EC-12. I started teaching in 2006, and taught 3rd grade for 5 years at Hudson Elementary. In 2008 I returned to UTB for my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in math and science. Finally, in the summer of 2011 I was able to move back to California. I am currently teaching Special Education in an ASD classroom at Sundance Elementary in PUSD.
I love learning about technology. I have been to several professional development trainings where I learned about ways to incorporate technology into my classroom. I taught my third graders how to create and edit Podcasts, how to create PowerPoint presentations, and how to create a “Green Screen” video with Jaycut software. For my Master’s thesis, I did an action research study on using Geogebra (a dynamic geometry/algebra software program) with my third graders. The only downside to teachers becoming experts on using technology in the classroom is that there isn’t quite enough in the budget to provide the necessary equipment in order to implement the technology in the classroom.
The part of the mission statement that speaks to me is “life-long learning.” One of my proudest moments was celebrating my Master’s graduation with my third graders. I came to school in my cap and gown in order to instill in them the importance of continuing education and “lifelong learning. “