I am very happy to return to CCHS and teach English Language Development (ELD) and English 10 Honors! I left CCHS in 2010 to attend graduate school. Now, I hold a Ph.D. in Education from UC Santa Barbara, and I specialized in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies with an interdisciplinary focus in Applied Linguistics (Go Gauchos!). I also graduated cum laude with my B.A. (English Literature and Language) and received my M.S. (Literacy & Reading Certification) from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). I endeavor to assist your children to become critical thinkers, writers, and readers.
My diverse teaching experience reflects my lifelong commitment to education. While pursuing my Ph.D., I taught graduate courses in second language acquisition and development at 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 led, 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.
Upon graduating with my doctorate in 2014, I taught ELD and English 12 at an LA charter high school to further develop my expertise in the education of English learners. My research has been published in the Teacher Education and Practice journal, and I currently serve as member of the Committee on Accreditation for the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Committee's responsibility is to decide on the continuing accreditation of educator preparation institutions and programs in California and determine how national or alternative program standards compare with our educator program state standards.
I am very passionate about preparing all high school students for college, career, and beyond. It is my deep pleasure and honor to teach at Culver City High School! I look forward to a wonderful year of inquiry and learning with students, parents, and fellow colleagues.