Why I Teach
I teach because I enjoy working with young people. I would like to give them access to the same opportunities I had when I was growing up and prepare them well for an increasingly competitive world. I want to help raise expectations and standards for my students who I think are smart, amazing and capable of doing anything!
This year will be my 15th year teaching math and my second year teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District.
I loved teaching in Oakland for 13 years. I taught for 10 years at Oakland High School. While there, I work closely with the OHS Environmental Science Academy. Prior to teaching high school, I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th math grade for three years in Oakland
While at Oakland High I was Math Department Chair and the Technovation and the Technology Club sponsor. While in OUSD I was a Math Teacher Leader and Technology Teacher Leader. I was the also web master for the Oakland Education Association from 2010 to 2014 and was an OEA union rep from 2010 to 2015. Through an IISME Summer Fellowship I wrote math curriculum for CK-12.
I have a BA in Pure Math from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Cal, I led a statistics workshop for the football team through the Athletic Department's Study Center (Go Bears!). I was also an undergraduate assistant for the PDP Calculus 1A, Calculus 1B, Math 53 and Math 54 intensified sections. I worked with the Hands on Universe Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and studied dance at the Ailey School in NY, NY.
Before teaching, I worked in finance at Barclays Global Investors in SF, CA (which has been acquired by Black Rock). While working in finance, I volunteered at San Quintin State Prison teaching GED math. I then obtained my teaching credential from California State University East Bay.
I am currently in my 5th year as a Math For America Master Teacher Fellow at UC Berkeley and have been a mentor for new teachers through the UC Berkeley CAL Teach Program since 2012. I also currently a member of the California State Instructional Leadership Corps in partnership with the California Teachers Association and Stanford University. I recently I became a Trellis Mentor Fellow to help build a better future for new STEM teachers.
Here is a link to my blog Here I Teach
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