Technology Enrichment Teacher
I have been teaching for ten years, including three years of Science, and the past seven years teaching Technology. This is my second year at Mission Estancia and I love the students and the culture here! I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Ergonomics, went to San Diego State University for my Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and got my Teaching Credential from Cal State Los Angeles. I live in Carmel Valley and have two children and two golden retrievers. My daughter Taylor, is attending graduate school for her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, and my son Spencer, is an eighth grader at Carmel Valley Middle School. My dogs Bodie and Sierra keep me busy walking and running at the beach, and playing many hours of fetch! My husband Wayne is a college professor and he teaches at La Sierra University.
One of the things I love about teaching Technology is that the students are so creative and they are able to express themselves through the projects we complete. Students are quick learners in the area of Technology because of so many digital options. I enjoy teaching on both the iPads and the Desktops so that the students learn skills they can use now, and as they move on to middle school. For most grades, I link to the grade-level curriculum when appropriate so that projects will emphasize and expand upon what students are learning in the classroom. Technology is an ever-changing field, which keeps us all focused on being life-long learners!
In addition to teaching Technology, I am one of the Film Guild Mentors for Mission Estancia and work with the students to make top notch films! Film Guild meets during lunch once per week, and once per month on Fridays. The students learn skills for creating a film such as scriptwriting, storyboarding, filming and editing. They work in small groups to create a film on a topic of their choice, that will hopefully be an IVIE or EUSD award winner! Students spend many hours working on these films, and it is well-worth the time and energy. Their work is amazing!
Lastly, I am also in charge of the Broadcast program, or ME TV. I have been working with Mrs. Chonka this year to restructure the ME News Program, to provide an opportunity for our second and third graders to be involved with this fabulous broadcast. Be on the lookout for our broadcasts just after the first of the year!
Science Enrichment Teacher
I am excited again, for the opportunity to not only enrich science for ME students, but to get them excited about learning more. I have a Life Science & Biology Credential & Master’s in Education from UCLA. I have had experience teaching Life, Earth & Physical Science to grades K-12, and substitute taught K-6 in EUSD. I love being ME’s Science Enrichment Teacher! I have 3 children that have gone through the Encinitas schools, a dog, 2 cats & 3 goats!
I design & align lessons with the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS)- an inquiry based, more student-driven approach, integrating science with other disciplines & the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Life, Earth & Physical Science concepts will be taught through hands-on investigations, demonstrations & activities. These include (varies by grade):
- Habitat & Adaptation
- Organisms- Structure & Function
- Plant & Animal Life Cycles
- Variation of Traits (Biodiversity)
- Food Webs & Ecosystems
- Natural Resources & Conservation
- Force & Motion
- Energy, Light & Sound (Waves)
- Physical & Chemical Properties/Change
- Earth & Space
- Weather & Climate
The ME Giving Garden & hydroponics greenhouse will be an important & integral part of science rotation & has great value for hands-on learning. If you’d like to know more, volunteer or have a science profession or area of expertise you’d like to share, please feel free to contact me.