Hello and welcome to the start of a new school year! I am very happy to teach English Language Development (ELD) and English 10 Honors this year. I endeavor to help all of my students become critical thinkers, writers, and readers.
I was born in Manila, Philippines, and I immigrated to the United States at 12 years old. I have lived in California ever since, and I love its immensely diverse culture. I enjoy traveling, visiting local and historic points of interests, reading, and trying exotic and local cuisine. My immigrant roots and passion for multiculturalism catalyzed my zeal for lifelong learning. As such, I obtained a Ph.D. in Education from U.C. Santa Barbara, where I specialized in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies with an interdisciplinary focus in Applied Linguistics. I received my M.S. in Education (Literacy & Reading Certification) and B.A. (English Literature and Language, Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California, and I completed my teacher credentialing certificate at Chapman University.
My diverse teaching experience reflects my lifelong commitment to and passion for education. While pursuing my Ph.D., I taught graduate courses in second language acquisition and development in the Antioch University, Santa Barbara M.A. in Education/Education Specialist program and Pepperdine University's M.A. in TESOL program. At the same time, I also worked as a teaching assistant at UCSB (Intro. to Asian American Lit. and Freshman Summer Start Program). As a teacher educator, I led a workshop for AmeriCorps volunteer tutors at the Santa Barbara County Office of Education (SBCEO); worked as an M.Ed Facilitator for UCSB teacher candidates; and served as the Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Caucus for the CA Council on Teacher Education. I also taught and designed the curriculum of a grant-funded writing program called The Pen Pals under the auspices of the USC Joint Education Project and The African Millennium Foundation when I worked on my M.S. at USC. My research has been published in the Teacher Education and Practice journal, and I currently serve as a member of the Committee on Accreditation for the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Committee is charged with overseeing the accreditation processes for all 252 credentialing bearing institutions in the state of California.
I am very passionate about preparing all high school students for college, career, and beyond. I look forward to a wonderful year with my students, parents, and fellow colleagues. It is my pleasure and honor to teach at Culver City High School!