I am a credentialed teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience. I have experience with all grades K-8, but I primarily taught 4th and 5th grades and 7th/8th grade English. I became a teacher because I enjoy helping others succeed and because I love teaching. Two of my favorite subjects to teach are math and writing, but I also enjoy teaching reading, history, and science. I am also knowledgeable in teaching test prep strategies to help with classroom tests or standardized tests. In ad... [more]
I have a California multiple-subject (K-8 self contained classroom) teaching credential and taught elementary school for 4 years. During that time, I taught all subjects in a Title 1 school, so I worked with students who were below grade level standards and were usually from disadvantaged backgrounds. I also completed a year of student teaching in elementary school and did an internship in kindergarten prior to starting the credential program, which gives me 6 years of experience in elementary school working with students from K-6th grades. During my time teaching elementary school, I received positive evaluations from my administrators.
I have been a classroom teacher for 8 years and each year I've had at least one Special Education student in my class. I've worked with students who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, GATE, behavioral or emotional needs, ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, who are homeless or in foster care, etc. I have co-taught classes with a special education teacher, attended IEPs and other meetings for special education students, helped evaluate a student's progress toward IEP goals, and made modifications/adaptations to the curriculum/lesson to follow and IEP or Behavior Support Plan.
I've been teaching for 8 years and each year, I've had at least 3 students with ADD/ADHD in my class(es). To help students with ADD/ADHD succeed, I've done things like adapted lessons, modified procedures/routines, changed their seat, and communicated more closely with their parents.
I have a bachelor's degree in sociology from UC Davis. I stay up on the subject matter by reading news articles from various perspectives and sources and by working with a diverse student population and their families.
I'm a credentialed teacher with a multiple subject teaching credential. In the (old) California standards, cursive was taught in 4th grade, so I taught it for the 3 years I taught 4th grade. Some students didn't have good handwriting (printing) when they came to me in 4th grade, so I had to teach them how to form letters and numbers correctly, how to properly space their words, how to use the lines on a page to guide them in properly forming letters, etc. Furthermore, I interned in a kindergarten class and saw how they taught kindergarten students to write using "Handwriting Without Tears."