__Teaching Interests__

My
current teaching assignment is at John C. Fremont Senior High School, located
in South Central Los Angeles. The typical student is Latino with an average to
below average grasp of fundamental math concepts. High school students are required to pass the California High
School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in order to have a diploma conferred on them.

California
students, overall, are failing miserably. Last school year, I discovered that
one area in particular (Probability and Statistics), comprised 16% of the test,
yet these subjects might not have been addressed since the seventh grade. Each
year, it is amazing to me that at least 20-40% of my classes struggle with
their times tables, fractions, percents, and decimals. The lack of motivation on
the part of my students is disturbing.

My
mission is to not only follow the curriculum as set forth by the California
Department of Education and Los Angeles Unified School District, but to shore
up gaps in student’s prior learning. Subjects such as Probability and
Statistics are covered so more students have the knowledge that is asked of
them on the CAHSEE. Additionally, I strive to incorporate enrichment activities
into my lessons.

Due
to seniority at Fremont, I usually teach lower-level math courses (Algebra 1
and/or Geometry). I would like to teach Algebra 2 or even Calculus and many of
my students ask me why I do not. The “up” side of teaching these courses,
especially Algebra 1, is that there is more time available and we can go deeper
into concepts throughout the term.

One
of my primary goals is to earn a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and become
a high school counselor. I especially want to be a college counselor. I enjoy
matching people to careers. This would put me in a key position to identify and
steer certain students, that might be well suited, towards a career in
engineering.