I began my teaching career at a small K-12 school near Venice Beach in the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching grades 6 – 12. I had the opportunity to work in a school with shared leadership and gained lots of different experiences in professional development, working with language learners, co-teaching with my colleagues and working with students in a variety of after-school programs. After seven years in the classroom teaching Spanish, Leadership and History, I took a job as an instructional coach for UCLA in LAUSD schools. After teaching in a small school environment, I had the opportunity to partner with two large middle schools where I experienced firsthand the challenges of building community within a system ripe with turnover, low morale and a diverse and amazing student and teacher population.
I came to CU Denver in 2008 when my family relocated to the Denver area. I served as a Site Professor in the Urban Community Teacher Education program at Northglenn High School, Denver Center for International Studies and Aurora Central High School for five years before joining the Aspire to Teach team.
My Students at University of Colorado Denver
My students challenge me to think and discover resources I never knew about. They are engaged, persistent and care deeply for students and the profession. I believe teaching and learning is an entirely reciprocal process.
Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:
- Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education - UEDU 5010
My Research Interests
- My work focuses on new teacher development, professional development for teachers and equitable and responsive teaching.
I love spending time with my daughter Alie, taking long walks, baking together and experiencing life through her eyes. I also enjoy traveling with my husband Antonio, something I find necessary to help me maintain perspective and openness to the world.
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