Teacher, Designer, and Father in Long Beach, California
I have recently finished being a post-graduate student at Cal State Long Beach. I was in the Multiple Subject Credential program studying to become a K-6 teacher. I really enjoyed my classes and learning from the amazing professors at Cal State Long Beach. They have been invaluable in my journey to becoming an educator who can make a difference in children's lives. I love teaching and working with students of all ages.
I started teaching as an English as a second language (ESL) Instructor.Back in 2008, I moved to South Korea to be an ESL instructor. I enjoyed working with children so much I stayed in Korea for three and half years. After working there I was invited to work at a middle school in Shanghai, China. I taught English and Art to 6th,7th, 8th, and 9th graders at WorldForeign Language Middle school. While working there I applied for the MSCP at CSULB.
When I came back to the U.S. I found a summer position teaching ESL at Embassy English. The following summer I also taught ESL but this time at Ardmore Language School. The summer programs are very diverse.They had students from across the globe. Students had come from South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After I started my core classes in the credential program I decided it would be very useful and interesting to be a substitute teacher. I applied to Long Beach Unified School District and was hired.
I learned quite a lot from student teaching. But I think the most important thing I learned was how to take the teacher's guide and create a complete curriculum for your class. Additionally, it was interesting to learn how apply CCSS, Common Core State Standards, to the lessons.
In preparing for being a credentialed teacher I have taken the SBEST, CSET, and the RICA.
Teachers are more than educators. We are the spark to their imagination, the guide to knowledge, the caretakers when they're feeling hurt, and a shoulder to cry on. We are there to make sure their shoes are tied and their needs are being met. We help them define responsibility, respect, and what it means to be a scholar.