I have been teaching for 30 years in Los Angeles Unified School district at Portola Highly gifted middle school. I have received a Master’s degree in Science and a degree in Education from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in Baroda, India. I got my teaching credential from California State University, Northridge.

  I teach 7th grade Biology and 6th grade Science. I designed a special yearlong elective in which I teach the anatomy and physiology of the animal kingdom. The students learn to dissect the preserved animals representing different phyla. I am also a Science fair coordinator and a science fair club teacher sponsor. I have integrated science fair projects in my 7th grade curriculum to help students design and develop their science fair projects. I also coordinate a science fair at school with help of our supporive parents to give students opportunities to explain and defend their work to the judges. My students’ abstracts have been published in The New journal f Student Research Abstracts since 1994. I am trained annually with Amgen Biotech Experience program for more than two decades which allows me to introduce my   7th grade students to DNA science and literacy. I am also the teacher sponsor for the Girls in Science and Technology club. The goal of this club is to expose 8th grade girls to the many potential careers within science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and motivate them to pursue further education in these fields.

 I have received several Donors choose grants and Eisenhower NSF fellowship grants. I was a finalist for state of California for 1998 Presidential award for excellence in teaching Science. Recently I have received 2015 Encino Chamber of commerce Teacher of the year award , 2016 Gorchynski , Center for cancer and Developmental Biology, Outstanding k-12 teacher research award and 2016 Outstanding Biology teacher award for the state of California

        My goal is to stimulate and excite each student to learn Science through a variety of methods and develop their own understanding and creativity. I strive to instill a desire in them for life-long learning.