Teacher & Coach
In the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years I worked for Calallen Middle School. I was hired to implement the Grand Central Station program into our school. I taught the reading, writing, and social studies/history component of Grand Central Station for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
Grand Central Station (GCS) is a general education support program for struggling learners and at-risk students designed with three levels of intensity of intervention. GCS falls into the second tier of intervention in the RTI pyramid.
At Calallen we have had a tremendous amount of success and positive feedback from parents, students, and other teachers about the program. Our first year (2007/2008) we started with students that were failing 3 or more classes. As a group they had a collective failure rate of 48%, and at the end of the school year that percentage had dropped to 18%. After 2 years, my GCS students are currently sitting at a collective failure rate of 9%.
I focused primarily on differentiated instruction that addressed all the modalities of learning for all students. In my classroom, we did lots of projects, played games that engaged the students in the material, and worked with manipulatives that I made and customized to address individual learning styles and needs.
I was the head softball coach at Calallen High School in the 2008/2009 school year. As a first year coach, my district record was 10 and 4. We advanced to the playoffs (the first time in 3 years for this team) and run ruled our first opponent 10 to 0 in 5 innings, but lost to Medina Valley in 3 games in the Area series. I was also named Co Coach of the Year for my district.