I started teaching high school science (Biology, Honor Biology, AP Biology) at North Hollywood High School (1989 - 1994). In 1994 I moved to Japan where I taught in both public and private middle schools and high schools there in addition to the Japanese version of a continuation school. In 2001 I returned to the US and high school science teaching at Verdugo Hills High School (2001 - 2004) AP Biology, Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science. In 2004 I moved into a secondary science professional developer role for LAUSD and worked out of the the Van Nuys Math, Science & Technology center which was one of six such centers that provided resources (live, preserved, kit materials and refurbishment in addition to consultation and professional development). I was the lead facilitator for the 6th grade plate tectonics immersion unit for the NSF grant SCALE MSP project. From there I moved to Local District 5 as a science instructional support provider. When those positions closed due to the expiration of a National Science Foundation Grant, I moved to Sun Valley High School (2009-2014) as a science and engineering teacher, teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering classes. I moved to SOCES in 2014 where I started teaching science (Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, Honors Biology, Biology, Biotechnology and the following Engineering classes: PLTW Introduction to Design, PLTW Principles of Engineering and PLTW Engineering Design and Development). - I am a fellow of WestEd's National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, recipient of the 2012 Engineer's Council Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award. I've been the recipient of additional fellowships from HHMI twice resulting in research work at UCLA alongside my students in the field of Biology studying Algal coccolithophores and Arabidopsis thaliana. I was the recipient of a RET fellowship in 2010 resulting in 5 weeks of summer research in Costa Rica at the La Selva Biological Research Station. In 2016, I and Ms. Yamagata were instrumental in bringing a $2.5 million dollar California Department of Education grant and a $20,000 PLTW/John Deere grant to SOCES to further develop the Engineering program in middle and high school. We work closely with the Marine Coastal Biolabs and Amgen in providing students experiences in Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering. I am interested in providing students opportunities to go beyond strictly academic theory and to develop actual skill sets in science and engineering through research and competitions outside of school environment. To this end, I and Ms. Yamagata led the Sun Valley High School Robotics team to the Mini Urban Challenge National Championship in 2013 and I led the SOCES team another National Championship in the Mini Urban Robotics Challenge in 2015. We have led our Engineering Teams to numerous SkillsUSA regional championships and California State Championships in The Principles of Engineering Technology in 2017 and 2018, Job Interview in 2018 and Humanoid Robotics in 2018. We have led our Engineering Teams to victories in the Aerospace Herndon Experimental Competition in 2015 in HS, and back to back victories in 2017 and 2018 in both MS and HS. This post was written by <strong></strong>
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