Awards & Recognition
- UCIWP Teacher Consultant
Being a part of the UCI Writing Project has opened a whole world of resources that improve my instruction and impact student learning. Exposure to research-based strategies, high quality guest speakers, and professional camaraderie has had a deep and profound impact on my teaching. I am continually grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with this elite group of professional educators.
My eight years with the UCI Writing Project has made me aware of the importance of good mentor texts as writing models. For most of the writing assignments I work on with my students, I use examples written by professionals, other students, and myself. As a result, I find that I incorporate many of the mini-lesson writing strategies that I teach into my own writing, resulting in my personal growth as a writer. This also models to students how I work, inspiring them to feel more confident in their abilities.
My dual role as a teacher and school administrator allows me to take the research-based strategies gathered from the UCI Writing Project and bring it to a broader audience through the professional development in-services that I have conducted at my school and to the broader community. Not only have I delivered trainings on numerous topics related to writing at my school, I have also presented to educators in the Lutheran Pacific Southwest District and to the Pathway Project in the Anaheim Union High School District.
I believe in making writing instruction engaging, meaningful, and fun! Through sequential mini-lessons, students are guided through the writing process, achieving success on the “little things” that make up good writing and applying them to longer writing assignments that align with the Common Core State Standards. My lessons have a strong connection to fiction and non-fiction model texts, in order for students to see how writing comes to life in real-world, relevant ways. My school has a strong support base from the faculty for writing across the curriculum, and students write in all subjects, every day, through consistent expectations from all of their teachers.
Teaching Adolescent Writers by Kelly Gallagher, The Reading/Writing Connection by Carol Booth Olsen, and Image Grammar, by Harry Nodin have all impacted my practice by presenting practical and effective methods to engage students in writing.