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Work experience

Oct 2001Present


Kern High School District

Throughout my tenure at South High School, I have acquired a breadth of experience on both

personal and professional levels. I have taught a wide variety of classes, from general to Honors,

from freshman to senior. I have also had the opportunity to gain leadership experience as the lead

teacher for 11th grade. Through this position, I have provided guidance and assistance to other

teachers in my group. I have also worked with the California State University through the Early Assessment Program for the Readiness of College English.  I have also had the privilege to work with the Criminal Justice Academy and the Math, Science, and Engineering Academy for the past four years.

Aug 2000Oct 2001


Duties included, but were not limited to:  customer service, cash register duties,  pumping of propane certification, stocking, maintenance, heavy lifting, abiding by OSHA rules and practices.


Aug 1998May 2001

Bachelor of Arts

Aug 1995Aug 1998

Associate of Arts

Dean's List


To obtain full time employment in the Metro Portland area.

Professional Development and Responsibilities

Throughout my teaching career, I have participated in dozens of workshops, curriculum development inservices, and staff development conferences which all influence what I bring to the classroom.  The following is a short list highlighting various training, workshops, and committees which I have participated in within the past 3 years:

  • ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Committee)- member and active participant since 2004; presented at the annual CAPP Conference  in San Diego, CA, 2007.
  • Dr. Don Maas Workshop- Collaborative Learning Workshop
  • Harvesting Teacher Brilliance- 2 day workshop; presenter; four schools participated in an annual workshop and conference where teachers and administrators collaborate and share ideas within their respective disciplines. 
  • Grammar Workshop- presenter; 2 hour workshop where I presented to the English department at South High School ideas on how to make grammar consumable, interactive, and fun for students.
  • Kern High School District Benchmark Committee- member; along with a panel of KHSD English teachers, I helped create Benchmark tests for each quarter which are aligned with the blueprints for the California Standards Test.
  • Kern High School District Writing Committee- As a member of the KHSD writing committee, I worked collaboratively with other KHSD English teachers to develop a writing pretest for freshmen and sophomore students.  The idea behind this test is to gauge areas of weakness that can be fine-tuned before the CA High School Exit Exam is administered in March of the current school year.


Jun 2002Present

Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development

Deptartment of Education, State of California
Jul 2005Present

California Technology Assisstance Project, Level II

State of California


Penelope Swenson

Professor, MA Committee Member

Stacey Fuentes

Kim Woolf

Teacher, Colleague

Dr. Christina Doyle

Professor of Education, MA Committee Chairperson