I have a BA in Psychology and double minor in Education and Chinese from UC Berkeley. In May 2011, I received my MA in Teaching at the University of Southern California along with my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After two years of BTSA my preliminary credential has been cleared so now I officially have a clear credential! Hooray!
Teaching and working with kids has also been my passion. In college, tutored students from grades 3 to 5 in the neighboring Chinatown along with working at summer camps. After graduating college, I "took a year off" and worked at an after school program working primarily with first graders. After that, I went to the University of Southern California for my MAT program. During that time, I student taught in a 2nd grade and 4th grade classroom. I really enjoyed my time in my 2nd grade placement, which made me think that 2nd grade was my ideal grade to teach.
I was very fortunate to get a job after I graduated. Funny thing, the position was initially advertised as a second grade position. However, when I went to the interview, I was told that it had changed to a first grade position. Either way was fine with me, especially since I got the job! Didn't get my "ideal" grade level but I actually found myself really enjoying first grade! After two years of teaching first grade, a second grade position opened up at my school. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to take it. After all, it would be my opportunity to see if second really is my ideal grade level. After consulting with my colleagues and principal, I decided to do it so I went on to teach second grade the next year! The 2013 - 2014 year was extra special because I got to spend another year with some former first grade students! :)
|Me with my class from 2012-2013! :)|
After teaching second grade, I got a last minute opportunity to teach at a school much closer to my family, allowing me to move back home. I was super sad to leave my school after three years, but I also wanted to move closer to my family and boyfriend, so I had to take the opportunity when it came up.
After another year of teaching first grade at a different school, I am moving on to new adventures! I will be teaching third grade at a Mandarin immersion school (public!). I have never taught third grade or in a Mandarin immersion school so this is going to be a very new experience for me. I'm excited and nervous at the same time!