Aug 2009 - Present
Jul 1999 - Jun 2009
Language Arts and Social Studies, Grades 6-8
Mar 2006 - Jun 2009
California State University, Los Angeles
Charter College of Education; Instructor of the following courses:
- Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
- Principles and Practices of Writing Instruction
- Instructional Strategies
- Principles and Practices of Social Studies Instruction
Sep 1991 - Jun 1999
Akal Security/Sikh Dharma
Sep 1982 - Jun 1991
Language Arts and Social Studies, Grades 6-12
May 1976 - Aug 1982
Golden Temple Restaurant
Aug 2009 - Present
Ph.D. Grad Student
University of South Alabama
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
1980 - 1982
M.A. Part I
Sep 1969 - Jun 1971
University of Montevallo
Reading, Writing, Walking, Opera, Basketball
Professional Presentations on Family Writing Workshops, ISAW, and other writing strategies at NCTE and National Writing Project national conventions; CATE conventions, Urban Sites Conferences, Writing Project institutes.
California Writing Project ISAW (Improving Student Academic Writing) Development Team.
Chair, Assembly for National Board Certified Teachers of NCTE, 2008-2010.
Professional Memberships: NCTE; ASCD; NCHE; Teachers and Writers Collaborative; CATE; SCTE; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Lambda Theta; AECT, MSERA.
I have been a language arts teacher for more than 20 years. I was a Founding Teacher of Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, California, and for ten years was the Language Arts and History teacher for the middle school instructional team. I was also a part time professor in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. I am the immediate past chair of NCTE's Assembly for National Board Certified teachers. Since 2001, I have been actively involved with the Los Angeles Writing Project , where I am a consultant and trainer for the Family Writing Workshops initiative. I am also a part of the California Writing Project‘s ISAW (Improving Student Academic Writing) team, and have given many local and state conference presentations on language arts topics, including the teaching of poetry. Currently, I am writing a monograph about Family Writing Workshops for the National Writing Project as a co-author.
My greatest excitement comes from assisting students in discovering knowledge and concepts that help them to grow as human beings. When young people become lifelong readers and learners, examining how their lives interact with the world around them, I feel that my job as a teacher has been accomplished.
I am currently a doctoral student at the University of South Alabama in Instructional Design and Development. I plan to use my degree to create unique learning experiences for learners at all levels and in a variety of fields.