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Work experience

Jul 2008Present

Elementary Teacher

Jordan School District (Westvale(2), Mountain Shadows(1), Terra Linda (6))

7 years as a 5th grade teacher and 2 years as a 6th grade teacher. 

Education

20082009

Alternative Route to Licensure

Salt Lake Community College
20082010

MBA

Western Governors University

Emphasis on Healthcare administration

20032005

BS Integrated Studies

Utah Valley University

business and community health

Certifications

2014

ESL Endorsement

USOE

completed through Jordan District

Skills

Mastery Connect

I can build and maintain trackers. Add and share assignments, and use results to improve instruction and communicate progress to team members and parents.

Google Classroom

Set up  and share classes and assignments that include a variety of multimedia. I create a collaborative learning environment where parents can have immediate and direct access to what their students are doing.. 

Microsoft Office and Google Applications

Proficient in Word/Docs, Excel/Sheets, Powerpoint/Slides.

Spanish Speaking Skills

Fluent writing and speaking.

Programming

Basic programming skills in Python, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript

Why I am an effective teacher

  1. I am innovative. I am often thanked by parents for preparing their students for the future, and not teaching as if we are living in the past. I include real-life exercises (business groups, programming, etc.) in my instruction.
  2. I use technology effectively. My students know how to use the internet and its tools carefully and effectively. Google Classroom and other sites are used to the students' advantage.
  3. I play outside with the students (recess, P.E., etc.) I model hard work, physical activity, and positive interpersonal and team skills. This also gives me an opportunity to praise students outside of the classroom.
  4. I am respected (not not feared) by the students.
  5. I have more experience in the "real-world" than most teachers. I teach at a higher level than most.
  6. I have high expectations for all students.
  7. I am a team player.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that optimal learning should be core-centered, relevant, challenging, and fun. I achieve these objectives through engaging activities and technology. 

 Among many peers, I am known as the "data guy" and the "technology guy". I am a member of ISTE, and I have a strong interest in utilizing technology to advance learning in public education through differentiation and extensions.

I enjoy tracking and organizing data so that it can be used by teachers and administrators to improve learning, meet goals and objectives, and monitor  school initiatives. 

I utilize technology in innovative ways in the classroom. For example, in addition to learning and mastering new mathematical concepts, my students can create programs using Python or create a spreadsheet using Google Sheets to implement  those mathematical concepts to quickly solve real-world problems. 

I do now what all teachers should/must do in the future. I am 'ahead of the curve!' in preparing these kids for the future.