Taught for 5 years at the Middle School level, primarily in 8th grade physical science courses and 1 year at the high school level, primarily with 9th and 10th graders teaching physical science and Biology. Also taught electives in engineering, computer science, and digital communications, and served as club advisor for the after school Robotics Club.
Served as a technology integration leader for several years, bringing Google Apps for Education to my district and school, and providing training in its use to teachers at my site and at the district level as a whole.
Proponent of the NGSS science and engineering practices, and have served on the roll-out committee for NGSS at my district.
Prior to teaching, worked as a program assistant to Techbridge, an after-school engineering program for middle school girls in the Oakland, CA area geared towards addressing the lack of female representation in STEM careers.
The basis of my teaching philosophy lies in the fact that students learn best when they enjoy learning. The requirement for enjoyable learning is an environment where students feel safe enough to make mistakes, ask questions, and are able to focus and enter that flow state where everything else in the world falls away and they're able to dedicate themselves to a fun but challenging problem or question.
As a teacher, it's my duty to create this environment where expectations are clear, where students feel welcome to share their ideas, to learn without disruption, to develop relationships with other students as fellow learners, and where students actually look forward to class that day because they're excited, or at the very least interested, in what we're learning about that day.
In putting forth the effort and care into creating this environment, I hope that students also feel safe enough to speak to me whenever they need to, and I will do my best as a professional to take their personal needs into consideration to teach them as individuals and to help them grow into good people.