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Welcome to Dr. Balatayo's HW Site!

Greetings, families! I am eager to begin yet another amazing school year. In addition to teaching English Language Development (ELD) and English 10 Honors, I am also ELD Instructional Coordinator and in charge of ELD after-school tutoring for CCHS. I am very passionate about my students and their education, and I endeavor to help all of them succeed in high school and beyond!
All homework assignments and classroom documents are posted on this page (see below). In order to effectively manage and organize the class work load, please subscribe to receive regular email updates. Arrangements to meet with me one-on-one during nutrition, lunch, or any other days after school may be arranged by appointment. I am more than happy to assist you--should you or your child have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
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 tasting 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 UC 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, graduated Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California, and I completed my teaching 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 language acquisition and development at Antioch University, Santa Barbara's M.Ed program and Pepperdine University's M.A. in TESOL program. I also worked as a teaching assistant at UCSB, where I taught small undergraduate sections of Intro. to Asian American Literature and Freshman Summer Start. As a graduate student at USC, I taught and designed the curriculum of a grant-funded middle/high school writing program called The Pen Pals under the auspices of the USC Joint Education Project and The African Millennium Foundation. 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 credential bearing institutions in the state of California. 
CCHS and its students mean a lot to me. It is where I first took my CSET; got my first full-time teaching position in 2010; and met my dearest friends, including my husband, Mr. Plotnik (who teaches in the History Dept.). Moreover, I conducted my dissertation research at this high school for three years, and this work catapulted my career in serving English Learners. It’s where I learn and continue to grow as a professional every day, and I’m happy and proud to call it my home. Truly, it is my pleasure and honor to teach at Culver City High! 


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