I graduated from MSMC in 2003 with a BA in English and a Single Subject Teaching Credential.
I have been an English as a Second Language, English, and Leadership teacher at Wilmington Middle School since 2006 (though I have been on extended maternity leave with my daughter Jasmine since 2010). In the four years that I taught at Wilmington, I was also a Lesson Study Facilitator and a member of the Instructional Leadership for two years. I was honored with Wilmington’s Teacher of the Year award in 2009 and the Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 2008. Currently, I am an adjunct instructor at MSMC, teaching in the Clear Credential Program and Instructional Leadership Program.
I became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of English as a New Language: Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood in 2009, at which point my students’ test scores tripled! Through the National Board for the Professional Teaching Standards organization, I became certified as a Candidate Support Provider and have since facilitated the full certification process for a small group of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Take One! process at MSMC. As a Teacher Consultant and Fellow of the Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State Los Angeles, I demonstrate reading and writing lessons that have been successful in my own classroom. I have been an adjunct professor since 2008 at Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and MSMC – teaching courses in their credential programs. In 2009, I served on the NCTE Review Team of the K-12 Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. This past winter, I published an article called “Teachers Teaching Other Teachers” in California English: The Professional Journal of the California Association of Teachers of English.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your work as an educator, and/or how MSMC helped prepare you for the work you’re doing?
The Mount instilled in me the values of service and leadership, and that is why I seek opportunities – whether presenting at conferences or teaching credential courses – to share my knowledge, expertise, experiences, and passion for teaching. I have learned over the last nine years that my accomplishments as an educator go beyond my classroom walls, and that I can impact student learning by partnering with families and the local community, and by taking on leadership roles at both the state and national level.