I am thrilled to be your child's teacher this year! I have been a teacher at Limerick Elementary School since 2005, and I have had the privilege of teaching 2nd, 4th and 5th grades. This year, our class includes the GATE program. GATE stands for Gifted and Talented Education and entails a differentiated curriculum and pace.
In 2005, I graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with my Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Liberal Arts and a K-12 multiple-subject teaching credential. This allowed me to quickly enter the teaching profession after I graduated. I was hired by LAUSD that summer, and started teaching second grade at the age of 22.
I was not satisfied with my level of education and yearned to learn more, so I decided to return to CSUN and get a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration and K-12 Administrative Credential. This degree will help me become the principal of my own school.
As an educator, I have strong beliefs that each and every one of my students, no matter their skills at the beginning of the year, have the potential to be successful and make tremendous gains in reading, writing, math, science or social studies, by simply having the following mindset:
- I am capable in learning new concepts or skills when I am willing to try
- My failures are learning opportunities and don't define my future
- I am actively listening to my teacher and classmates
- I contribute my learning during class and small group discussions
- What I know now will not determine what I can gain by the end of the year
If your child is in the 5th Grade GATE class (whether they are identified or not), they will experience the following:
- Depth and Complexity Icons
- Project-Based Learning
- Research Reports
- Socratic Seminar
- Current Events
- Fast Pace
Your child's success depends on all of us working openly and consistently as a team. The expectations, procedures and instruction established in class that your child learns and follows on a daily basis, needs your support when they are at home. You can help your child to work at the full potential by supporting in the following areas:
- Check their agenda everyday
- Ask them to share their homework assignments and projects with you
- Encourage them to read everyday (1 Achieve3000 article daily, unless you don't have internet)
- Experience the world around them
- Come see me as soon as you have a question or concern
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King, Jr.