Awards & Recognition
- Los Angeles USD ELL Fellowship
- CSNWP Teacher Consultant
I feel very fortunate to be involved as Teacher Consultant and a Co-Director of my local Writing Project. I have attended two Invitational Leadership Institutes in the Teaching of Writing as a Co-Director, and I feel I am constantly learning from all the other teachers in the CSNWP community. I truly see myself as a lifelong learner, which I learned from my local Writing Project. I am committed to learning about my teaching practices and how I can improve on them.
I have never really seen myself as a writer. I only wrote when needing to take notes or jotting down correspondence. CSNWP taught me that I have a voice and I can use writing to express myself, my opinions, and my thoughts. It has empowered me to use writing as a tool as a professional.
Without my local Writing Project, I would not be in the position of Teacher Consultant and Co-Director as I am now. I think the biggest impact of being a CSNWP leader is that I feel I have something to offer other teachers in the classroom. I’ve been inspired to work towards a Master’s Degree and to consider possible employment at the college level in order to help adults learn the English as a Second Language.
Since I teach six-year-olds, the perception has been that they are unable to write unless they can read. However, I believe that if they can speak, they can write (per Donald Graves). Students can express themselves by drawing, writing, and speaking, all of which we practice in the classroom. Most of all, I believe short people (per Dr. Kathy Rowlands, Director of CSNWP) have a voice and they should never be underestimated!
The one book I would recommend for writing is Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy by Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard. This book introduces the Constructive Conversation model and gives many strategies for English Learners to gain access to the Common Core Standards in Literacy.