Teaching Philosophy

Thank you for visiting this teaching profile. Here, you’ll find a statement of teaching philosophy, references, my resume, and examples of student work in my Technology and English classes

I began teaching 20 years ago, in a bilingual kindergarten in Los Angeles. For a fresh-out-of-college new teacher, 20th Street Elementary School was an amazing lesson in culture and possibility. I taught in Spanish (though my young students taught me more Spanish in a month than I had learned in years of classes!); met and worked with immigrant families for whom education was a lifeline to better jobs and to their adopted US culture; and struggled daily with the needs of children who were already better readers than some of their parents and grandparents, and who rose to every challenge I could throw at them.
Since then, I have taught English, Technology, and ESL, with students at almost every level from second grade to college. In Seattle, I worked as a High School Technology teacher and school technology leader, with daily classroom and administrative duties that included support and training for a grades 6-12 faculty of almost 100. Now in Caracas, Venezuela, I teach HS Technology and work as an integration specialist for the HS faculty at Escuela Campo Alegre, developing tech-enriched curriculum and assessments for an international and inspirational group of students.

When not teaching, I enjoy travel around the world; I’ve been fortunate to visit China and Korea recently, and I’ve toured South America, Cuba, and Turkey by bicycle, spending months moving slowly through the land and learning about the people and their world.

I have been lucky to work internationally–to return to the the themes of culture and possibility I knew as a kindergarten teacher–and to share my energy and passion for education, while challenging myself in a new setting. My work in Caracas has confirmed for me that a critical job for all teachers is interpreting culture together with our students. Whether studying a national or an academic culture, a thousand-year literary tradition or a recent development like Facebook, students and teachers can create new understandings of how to exist ethically in the world.
Thank you again for your visit. I hope you find these materials helpful.
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