Some might say that I have skated through life, but I’ve learned a lot, and if you learn, you must teach. When I was 17, I thought I would grow up to be a skating instructor. Instead I am using this website to build my expertise about creating a website while practicing my website skills. I want to be able to implement all the powerful features of the WordPress website online software when our new website is ready for takeoff. American Institute for History Education is designing the new website for San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies. Thank you Steve Graham, Kevin Brady and many others!
At 35 I finally achieved my life goal, and began my teaching career at Visalia Christian Academy teaching a 1-2 combo class. Then I taught 5th grade the next year.
One of my former fifth grade students, Stacy, now teaches history and another student, Heather, has a high school aged daughter who participated in Mock Trial this year.
When I started teaching, I was still new to California and I spoke no Spanish, but my first public school position was as the fourth grade bilingual teacher at Castle Rock School in Woodlake, California.
The last time I saw my student, Joel, he was getting ready to go to law school. I’ll never forget when he fell out of his seat laughing at the chapter in Sideways Stories from Wayside School about the student who was getting a tatoo. I could hardly read, I was laughing so hard.
Next I fell in love with Math Matters, a training offered by Tulare County Office of Education that all Castle Rock teachers were required to have. That next year I applied for a position as a math coach at Tulare County Office of Education. I didn’t get it, but Migrant Education hired me as a Migrant Program Coordinator to create a program similar to Math Matters and train teachers in small rural schools. When that ended, I began designing curriculum and training the home preschool educators in the Migrant MEES Program.
After five years with Migrant Education, I applied for the position as a History Consultant for Educational Resource Services at Tulare County Office of Education. I have been in that position nearly 11 years, and I learn something new nearly every day. My work varies from collaborating with professors from U.C. Davis and California State University, Fresno with the Teaching American History Grant to co-coordinating student events such as Mock Trial.
These students smile before they present their case before an actual trial judge at the Tulare County Courthouse against a team from another Tulare County high school. They never know what questions either the other team’s attorney will ask or the judge during the pre-trial motion.
I am constantly amazed at the wonderful opportunities that have come my way during my career as a teacher and consultant. They are beyond my wildest expectations. I live each day to learn something new, and now to share what I am learning and doing with you through this website. I hope that you will read it and give me feedback as I learn. Most importantly I hope you will become my friends if you are not already. I’m bombarding my friends with each post! Thank you patient people!