Greetings, families! I am happy to meet you all, and I am very eager to begin yet another amazing school year. In addition to teaching English Language Development (ELD) and English 10 Honors, I am also the ELD Instructional Coordinator for CCHS. For all other questions regarding HW, class materials/handouts, and or upcoming assessments, please check Canvas--student and parent instructions for accessing the program are outlined below.
A LITTLE ABOUT 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 earned 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 earned my M.S. in Education (Literacy & Reading Certification) and B.A. (English Literature and Language, graduated Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California.
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 is published in the Teacher Education and Practice journal, and I currently serve as a member of the Committee on Accreditation (COA) for the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The COA 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, catapulting 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!