Room 123: Spelman
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Elementary Education Teaching Credential-University of Phoenix 2012 CPR certified fsa
Role at Garfield
5th Grade Teacher
Who are you?
I am a devoted mother and teacher. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where I taught 3rd and 4th grade. I moved to the Bay Area 5 years ago and started teaching kindergarten two years ago. I have always had a passion for teaching! Teaching kindergarten was a wonderful new journey and I loved every minute of it. In my free time, I am trying to keep up with my 5 children. We like hiking, camping, reading, going to the beach, and simply spending time with each other.
What are your core values?
I believe that all students can learn, and building relationships are the key to fostering academic growth. In every aspect of my life, I try to be compassionate, authentic, and determined. In addition, I hold my family and friends close to my heart.
How did your family, educational experiences, etc. impact your life?
My children were the reason why I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to show my young children that hard work and determination will pay off. They saw me go through hard times, especially during college, and hopefully they will adopt my desire to learn. Being a full-time mom and full-time teacher has often been challenging, but it has made me the person I am today.
Why do you do this work?
One of the most significant reasons I wanted to become a teacher was because I love children. When I started teaching, I realized it involved so much more than just wanting to teach content. I realized that I became a doctor, counselor, mediator, and friend to my students. I had to consider the needs of the whole student, instead of just their academic ability. I enjoy being a driving force for positive development.
What are 1-2 things you want all students to know (ie. I believe in myself, I can be anything I want to be)?
I want all students to know that they are all worth it and can be anything they want to be!
What is your greatest hope for culture development this school year?
There has been horrible brutality recently in the media. I want us to rise above the hate and be a beacon of light in this community. Our students, families, and fellow educators, should know that they are valued.