After a long career in journalism, I gradually began to switch to teaching in 2001, and became a full-time teacher in 2006. I have spent seven years as an after-school teacher, four years as a remedial reading and math teacher, and one year as a student teacher while earning my California teaching credential. Currently I work as a preschool teacher, an English tutor for newcomers to the U.S., and during the school year as an after-school teacher at San Francisco Friends School, where I teach ... [more]
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In 2007 I received my preliminary teaching credential in multiple subjects for elementary school. In 2011 I earned my clear (permanent) credential. I worked as a Title I (No Child Left Behind) remedial reading and math teacher for grades 1 through 5 at Mission Dolores Catholic School in San Francisco from 2007 to 2011. For the last five years I have created a school literary magazine each year for grades K through 8.
I play guitar, mandolin and harmonica very competently, and I can sing hundreds of folk songs and children's songs. I spent one year teaching the Little Kids Rock guitar program at Alvarado Elementary School. Over the past 10 years I have performed hundreds of times for elementary school and preschool. During this school year I taught two courses in songwriting to elementary school students.
From 2005 to 2006 I was the instructor at Alvarado Elementary School for the Little Kids Rock guitar program, a national program that gives free guitars to students who commit to practicing and attending the class all year. I have been playing guitar for more than 40 years. I can play hundreds of songs by ear, and many more by reading the music or the chords. I have been singing and playing the guitar for schoolchildren and preschoolers at least once a week for the past 10 years. This school year I taught two courses in songwriting, in which I used my guitar to accompany the students.
I have a clear California teaching credential for multiple subjects. From 2007 to 2011 I worked as a Title I remedial reading and math teacher in San Francisco through Catapult Learning, a national company funded by the federal government. The majority of my classes were in reading, and I taught dozens of lessons in phonics to beginning readers in 1st and 2nd grade. I still have my lesson plans, and I use some of them to help U.S. newcomers to learn English.
I received my California teaching credential in 2007 with a grade point average of 3.6. After that I worked as a remedial reading and math teacher for four years. I have special skill in learning languages, because I have taught myself Cantonese and a lot of Vietnamese, and I speak very good Spanish. I spent 20 years as a journalist, so I learned how to master a subject quickly in order to write about it. I impart these skills to my students, and have a knack for breaking down any subject into its smallest parts for easy and steady learning.
From 2007 to 2011 I worked as a Title I remedial reading and math teacher for grades 1 through 5. I had classes of 3 to 6 students throughout the day. The students were pulled from their regular classrooms to work with me because many of them needed special help due to ADD or ADHD.
I have been using Microsoft Windows for about 18 years. I use it regularly to create documents and lesson plans. For the past two years I've used it to create a school literary magazine each spring. I formerly worked as a full-time word processor.
I come from a very diverse background: my parents were immigrants from England, I grew up in Maine and moved to San Francisco 33 years ago, and I'm married to a woman from the Philippines. I have a B.A. degree in history. I did a semester of student teaching in a middle school social studies class in 2007, and took a course in the subject to earn my California teaching credential that year. I speak three languages, and have traveled widely abroad. I have worked in the black community, the Chinese community, and the Latino community. I was a journalist for 20 years, and frequently wrote about topics that involved social studies.
I learned the braille alphabet and hundreds of short forms in braille on my own. I studied a book on how to teach braille reading. I bought and read several books written in braille. I taught the braille alphabet to my students at an elementary school several years ago. I cannot read it well with my fingers alone, but I feel confident about teaching. I previously worked as a tutor for a blind college student. I wrote an article about job opportunities for blind people that was published in the San Francisco Examiner.