I began teaching in Virginia as an AVID tutor and substitute teacher. After moving to California, I earned my credential and taught high school Social Studies and English. I left a permanent classroom and subbed for a number of years while my kids were young. Now, I'm back in the classroom as an ELD teacher. I love introducing my students to new ideas to build their cultural literacy and to help them reach grade level. I try to engage them in critical thinking as often as I can through fiction and non fiction text, writing, and pair-share speaking. Outside of class, I read and swim.