I have a passion for students and student life, as well as my own life-long learning. I fell in love with classroom teaching during my AmeriCorps service experience, while teaching journalism and civic responsibility classes at an alternative high school.
While pursuing a master of education in curriculum and instruction, I served as graduate assistant in which I designed and facilitated reflection activities for university students, in addition to advising the Volunteer Services Board and recruiting faculty and community partners for our service-learning program.
As a secondary teacher, I collaborated with other educators to create the end of course tests for high school English classes. I also designed, developed and implemented the curriculum for the digital photography and journalism programs for a new high school and advised student clubs.
Under my leadership, the Mountain View High School newspaper staff’s April 2007 issue took 4th place in the nation with the Best of Show Award in the National Scholastic Press Association Convention.
And, as a manager for a character education media program, I created movie-guide teacher kits to be used in the secondary classroom.
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