About Me


            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. “

6 comments:

  1. While most of the discussion has been how to incorporate technology in the classroom, you present a good point that the technology desired may not even be available due to financial reasons.

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  3. I am interested in learning more about what you did with your thesis! "Geogebra" sounds amazing, and I teach third graders with special needs who may really appreciate this program! It is nice to meet you and get to know you!

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  4. I think it is a great idea to get the students at an early age to start using different forms of technology. I wish when I was going to school we were able to give PowerPoint presentations to familiarize ourselves with how to deliver effective speeches. Students now will be better prepared for high school and college with the ability to use technology. I think you also gave the students a positive image of what it looks like to graduate and gives them something to strive for.

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  5. I love what you said about one of your proudest moments being when you celebrated with your 3rd graders. I think that is so cool that you went to school in your cap and gown because I really think that if teachers are positive role models, and encourage their students to further their education as long as they can, students will be motivated to follow in your footsteps. I think that was a really cool way to show them how accomplished and happy you felt, and I am sure they will want to feel that same way some day.

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  6. Heya April!!! Awesome about me! That's very cool about the hollywood magic green screen! I'd be super excited if I was your student seeing that! Also welcome back to your glorious hometown of San Diego!

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