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 Oakland students who I think are smart, amazing and capable of doing anything!
This will be my twelfth year teaching math. I've loved teaching at Oakland High School for the past nine years! At Oakland High, 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 East Oakland and at a private school. I was the OHS math department chair for 2012 - 2014. I am currently a Technology Teacher Leader for Oakland Unified School District.
I have a BA in Pure Math from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Cal, I lead 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 and 1B 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) .
I volunteered at San Quintin State Prison teaching GED math. I then obtained my teaching credential from California State University East Bay. Through IISME Summer Fellowships I wrote math curriculum for CK-12. I was the web master for the Oakland Education Association from 2010 to 2014 and have been union rep from 2008 until present. Currently, I am a Math For America Master Teacher Fellow at UC Berkeley and a mentor for new teachers through the UC Berkeley CAL Teach Program. I am also the Technovation and the Tech Club sponsor at Oakland High School.