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Work History

Aug 2014Present

First Grade Teacher

Garfield Elementary School (Oakland, CA)
  • Teach assigned subjects to first grade students according to curriculum plan
  • Develop creative learning opportunities to motivate student attendance and participation
  • Promote social and emotional development
  • Foster parent-teacher partnerships to accelerate student growth.
May 2016July 2016

Mentor Teacher

Teach For America
  • Observed 8 teachers' classrooms and provided feedback aligned with the Teach For America Rubric through coaching conversations
  • Collaborated with members of the school team and staff at the Institute to make data-driven decisions on how to best meet student and teacher needs
  • Led group learning experiences aligned to teacher needs while building a strong team culture
  • Provided planning support to corps members by reviewing lesson plans and providing feedback and/or coaching, and by leading lesson planning clinics to provide targeted support
Nov 2013May 2016

Oakland '14 Corps Member

Teach For America 
  • Selected from over 45, 000 applicants to join national teacher corps, committing two years to teach in under-resourced public schools
  • Engaged in a full schedule of professional development, including: seminars, workshops, individual and group reflections, readings, and ‘ learning teams' specific to teaching license area.
  • Served on the Oakland Corps Member Forum and led various initiatives to build TFA Oakland culture.
  • Assisted matriculation of 2016 Corps Members through the Oakland Mentorship Program. 
Jun 2015Jul 2015

Summer Instructor

Summit Public Schools (El Cerrito, CA)
  • Developed and reinforced a positive, respectful academic culture
  • Facilitated skills-based instruction four days per week for four weeks
  • Supported students' skill and content acquisition for remediation and enrichment
  • Set meaningful and challenging goals for development as a teacher on a daily and weekly basis. 
Sep 2013May 2014

Marketing and Communications Intern

Parent Revolution (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Conducted policy research on California's Parent Empowerment Law
  • Created various maps to improve community organizing
  • Analyzed survey data to improve parent engagement efforts
  • Assisted an outreach project for“ We The Parents” film documentary.
Jun 2013Aug 2013

Legislative Intern

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (Washington, D.C.)
  • Addressed constituent concerns regarding federal policy
  • Attended congressional hearings
  • Drafted memorandums for legislative aides.

Education

Sep 2014Present

Master of Arts, Urban Education

Loyola Marymount University 

Masters Thesis Title: 

The Outsiders Within: How Urban Mothers of Color Leverage their “Double Vision” To Empower Their Daughters (and What That Means for Urban Schools) 

Aug 2010May 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Psychology

University of Southern California

Psychology GPA: 3.837

Honors Thesis Title: 

Motivational Beliefs and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Urban High School Students

Aug 2010May 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 

University of Southern California

Political Science GPA: 3.808

Honors and Awards

USC Order of the Laurel and the Palm (May 2014), Discovery Scholar Distinction (May 2014), Honorable Mention in the Undergraduate Writer's Conference (April 2014), Panhellenic Philanthropy Spirit Award (April 2014), Panhellenic "Seniors Who Made a Difference" (April 2014), Dana Chudacoff Levin Award (May 2013), Extraordinary Engagement Award (March 2013), Fall 2013 Provost's Research Fellowship

 Writing Portfolio

Leadership/Community Service Portfolio

Portfolio Item: Donor's Choose Account

Description: I work at a school where 95.2% of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 67.7% are English Learners. Only 35% of adults living within my school's zip code have graduated college. I utilized this website to advocate for over $6,000 of school supplies to better serve my school's community. 

Portfolio Item: Blazers Community Center Mural

Description: I served as a Community Partners Committee Member for the USC Volunteer Center. I utilized this position to design, coordinate, and execute a mural depicting the diversity of Los Angeles. Related Awards: USC Extraordinary Engagement Award

Portfolio Item: USC Student Spotlight Article and Video

Description:  Student Spotlight article and video intended to highlight various academic and philanthropic efforts leading to the  2013 Extraordinary Engagement Award. Related Awards: USC Extraordinary Engagement Award

Portfolio Item:  WIJABA 5k Event Page; WIJABA Attendance

Description: I served as V.P. of External Relations for USC's chapter of The World Is Just a Book Away (WIJABA), as well as the V.P. of Philanthropy for USC's Panhellenic Council. I utilized these two positions to help co-host USC's 3rd annual WIJABA 5k, raising $15,000 to build two new libraries in Mexico and Indonesia for over 800 children. Both attendance and fundraising goals were exceeded at this event. Related Awards: USC Panhellenic Philanthropy Spirit Award; USC Panhellenic "Seniors Who Made a Difference"