Cal Teach Participants

 


Danyale Bell

Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '11

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '12

UCSC

 

Teaching Placement:

John Muir Middle School

San Jose, CA

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Santa Cruz High School

Mission Hills Middle School

 

I became motivated to try out education when I realized I had a natural passion and skill in aiding family, friends, and peers in overcoming their academic obstacles.  As the oldest female of six siblings, my background and upbringing have instilled in me a sense of responsibility, patience, and dedication to be a role model.  Informally, I would always help my younger siblings and sometimes my older brother with their homework and spent some of my spare time tutoring family, neighbors, and peers.

I never had the actual opportunity to teach inside a classroom and/or observe students until I joined Cal Teach, an internship designed to increase the number and retention of highly qualified math teachers in California. Cal Teach served as my assurance that I wanted to go into teaching. Through Cal Teach I was recruited for a paying job that put me in a high school classroom daily. I was able to establish a relationship with each student and learn his or her learning styles. Not only did I help the students, the students helped me. There is an unexplainable joy I get when I help a student overcome something they were struggling with. It’s like a light bulb appears on the top of their head. I have been working at Santa Cruz High for the last three years and the joy still exist inside me. 

Cal Teach has answered many of my questions about teaching through the internships and seminars. Cal Teach has served as the foundation for my future. I have learned and experienced many things. I have learned what to do and not to do in a classroom. I plan on starting the UCSC Master's and Credential program and, immediately after, start teaching.

 

Marisol Briones
Bachelors Degree:

Environmental Studies/

Biology '12

UCSC

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Watsonville High School

Mission Hills Middle School

PacificCollegiate

 

I always had teaching in the back of my mind as an option, and was initially inspired by my teacher in 8th grade. She completely transformed my view about school, and I looked up to her. From the ACE (Academic Excellence) program at UCSC I learned about the opportunity to intern for Cal Teach  and decided to apply to see if I truly wanted to pursue teaching. I loved my first internship and continued on to the second.

Cal Teach primarily helped me by helping me realize I want to pursue teaching. All my hours of observation, learning about theory in the discussion section, and learning how to construct lesson plans have all been beneficial. I have enjoyed learning from my host teachers, getting their support (even after my internship), and forming positive relationships with them. 

Additionally, I have learned particular strengths and weaknesses about my own teaching capability through being evaluated by my discussion instructor twice while doing "soap box" teaching. 

I am considering teaching still, and hope to complete the third Cal Teach internship next winter. I hope to attend the masters/credential program here, and would like to teach high school biology or chemistry. AP Environmental studies eventually would be fun to teach, too!

 

Shannon Irish
Bachelors Degree:

Sociology '12

UCSC


Cal Teach Internships:

Mission Hills Middle School

 

My friend did Cal Teach her freshman year and told me "YOU WOULD LOVE THIS!" She was right. Before coming to college you have this goal of becoming this or that but this has helped my open my horizons and try different things that I would have never had the opportunity to do. I never seriously thought of teaching as a future plan for me and now I am torn between teaching at a middle school and working at a hospital, as I love both!

I have learned how difficult teaching can be at times, what goes on behind the scenes, different time and student management techniques that I would want to try, and most importantly, that it helps to be at a school that supports their teachers. Another bonus to Cal Teach is that I have a network of teachers that are more than willing to answer any questions I have, and are more than willing to direct me to someone else that could answer my questions if they are unable to. I have also received a job at the middle school where I was placed as a tutor.

I am still trying to get through school with a biology major. If only I could volunteer at the hospital or intern at different schools forever and get by! If I take the teaching pathway I am hoping to join a credential program and get my masters. I might even look into school management in the future—it seems challenging yet it also has the opportunity to be very rewarding.

 

Rosa Lee

Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '11

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '13

UCB

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Mission Hills Middle School

Aptos High Shool

Watsonville High School

 

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to teach!

My Cal Teach placements gave me the chance to work with middle school and high school students in a real classroom environment. At the same time, I learned how to be a better math teacher in my Cal Teach seminar. I even went to Cal Teach for help and advice about the education minor, internships, and the teacher credential program. Last but not least, the Cal Teach lounge has the softest couch on campus—a necessity for midday naps!

From Cal Teach, I learned that teaching is in itself a learning process. You aren’t just born a good teacher, you become one!

I plan to enter a credential program in summer 2011 and teach high school algebra and geometry.

 

 

 

Melissa Meloy
Bachelors Degree:

Biochemistry and

Molecular Biology '11

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '13

Stanford University

 

Teaching Placement:

Menlo-Atherton High School

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Santa Cruz High School

Pacific Collegiate School

Shoreline Middle School

 

I was initially motivated to try out teaching because I enjoyed tutoring so much. I had tutored both math and science at the middle school, high school and college levels, and instilling excitement about a challenging subject is incredibly rewarding.

Cal Teach has helped by providing a link to the secondary school classroom that I otherwise would not have had. Being able to participate in middle and high school classrooms means I get to better judge my desire to teach before I actually go and apply for a credential program. As it turns out, I love being back in the classroom!

I want to teach now more than ever! After taking a year off to travel through South America, I will hopefully return to California to complete a Masters in Education and Teaching Credential program so that, in a few years, I can teach in my own high school Chemistry classroom.

 

 

 

Jemmalyn Peralta

Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '08

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '09

UCSC

 

Teaching Placement:

North Salinas High School

Salinas, CA

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Watsonville High School

When I entered as an undergrad at UCSC, I already had in mind venturing into a career of teaching. I decided to take the path of teaching because I wanted to have a career where I would be in control of what I did and interact with different people.

Cal Teach was barely in its beginning years when I first heard about it. When I signed up for it, I was able to gain experience and observations into a classroom early in my undergraduate studies. I was able to really decide if it was something I wanted to make into a career. Since then, in addition to a Mark Bruce Fellowship I was awarded for UCSC’s MA/credential program, Cal Teach has been a strong supporter by helping me in my classroom with classroom supplies, keeping me updated on seminars or workshops about math education, and providing events that allow me to interact with my fellow peers. It has been a few years since I was in my Cal Teach internship and classes, but what I did learn was that experience is very different from theory. No matter what I have read or learned about classroom management and classroom interaction it has always been different from the reality I face. The theories are wonderful tools to know and use, but the internship allows you to really face the challenges of teaching.

I am currently a second-year teacher at the high school I attended, North Salinas High School. I teach Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra. My education was centered at UCSC with a BA in Mathematics, and an MA in Education. Throughout my educational career I have always valued the student-teaching placements, the core classes in subject-specific areas, and the people I have met. The challenge of teaching still continues, but I have learned along the way that as a teacher in the classroom, you have to perform to the best of your knowledge and care for your students...even when it is a tough day. At the end of the day, you still have the same kids coming back to you, and you have to educate them in hopes one day they will 'get it.'

 

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Sarah Perez
Bachelors Degree:

Biology '10

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '12

UCB

 

Teaching Placement:

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Contra Costa County, California

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Aptos High School

Shoreline Middle School

 

The Cal Teach program has given me the wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in my chosen profession. One of the most important things I learned from Cal Teach is how to build a relationship with my host teacher. As a current student teacher, my relationship with my host teacher is very important. By building trust, I am given more freedom to try new things with my teaching practice and design lesson plans. Also by being a Cal Teach intern, I got used to no longer being a student in a classroom, but rather a teacher figure.

I am from the East Bay and attended Salesian high School in Richmond. I began thinking of a career in education when I took biology in high school and continually thought about how I would teach a concept.

I started the Masters in Education and credential program at UC Berkeley in fall 2010. I am currently student teaching at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley in a 7th grade science classroom and loving every minute of it. I feel that I was one of the most prepared individuals in my graduate cohort, and that is because of my participation in the Cal Teach internships. My coursework includes classes about learning theory, teaching theory, and education research. Because of my Cal Teach seminars, I have a confidence about being able read and write about education.

 

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Zach Shiner
Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '10

 

Masters Degree:

Education '11

Stanford Univesity

 

Teaching Placement:

Evanston Township High School

Evanston, Illinois

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Aptos High School

Pacific Collegiate School

Harbor High School



Since I was young, I toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher.  Then again, when I was young the only jobs I really knew about were rock star, astronaut, fireman, or teacher, so my choices were pretty limited.  It wasn't until I took a year off college and worked for Habitat for Humanity teaching construction and the state of the South to volunteers that I really realized how much I enjoy teaching.

When I finally decided to become a teacher I was fairly certain that it was the right choice for me.  While one of Cal Teach's purposes is to help students make that decision, I took a very different experience from the program.  My participation in Cal Teach was what kept my focus on the light at the end of the tunnel of undergraduate studies.  I thought college was fun and had a good time, but what I really loved was the opportunities to work inside of a high school classroom afforded to me by the Cal Teach program.  When it comes to improving my ability to teach, Cal Teach helped me begin the reflective process of teaching and prepared me for a taste of what my credential program would be all about.

Teaching is a complex and multidimensional profession.  For me, Cal Teach served as somewhat of a sampler platter of all the things that teachers do inside and outside of the classroom.  Cal Teach began the conversation of what it means to be a teacher and allowed me a breadth of experience in a multitude of different learning environments.  

I am currently teaching pre-calculus at a small charter school in Redwood City.  Cal Teach taught me about many of the aspects involved in teaching that I didn't even realize existed.   Cal Teach and the graduate program I'm in have given me the tools to reflect and improve on my ability to teach.  Every day I teach I feel myself improve, and with the foundation I now have, I am confident that I will be able to one day teach at the level I so desire.

 

Olivia Sorensen
Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '14

(Anticipated)

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Santa Cruz High School

Mission Hill Middle School

 

I've always enjoyed math, and since it generally comes easily to me, I've spent many afternoons helping my friends with their math homework.  At some point in high school, I realized that I could continue helping students with mathematics for the rest of my life, and I could use my "math-brain" to help others understand its beauty. 

The Cal Teach 1 seminar has taught me the value of powerful observation, and using our own memorable experiences with teachers to aid our development as educators.  My internship has taught me to use all available resources in a classroom, and to never be satisfied without an in-depth answer.  Engaging students seems the hardest part of teaching, but I already feel as though I've gained a ton of techniques to do this successfully."

"I hope to enter a UC credential program after attaining my math degree.  So far, I have loved this experience, and I can't wait to learn more.

 

Kendra Staver
Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '13

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Santa Cruz High School

Branciforte Middle School

Pacific Collegiate School

New Brighton Middle School

 

I was inspired to teach when I realized that I wanted to spend my life helping others. I figured that teaching my favorite subject, math, to students would be a great way to inspire and encourage the next generations to strive for success.

My Cal Teach internship so far has given me a better perspective on today’s high school students. Through Cal Teach, I have learned how to encourage students, as well as how to teach them in a way that they can understand. I have a better idea of what I want to be like as a teacher and what subjects as well as school level that I want to prepare to teach when I graduate.

I plan on completing my major in Mathematics and my minor in Education. Once I have graduated UCSC, I will apply to graduate schools so that I can complete a Masters in Education as well as my teaching credential. I will also complete the Cal Teach Program prior to graduation. I am hoping to become a high school math teacher.

 

Xiong Thao
Bachelors Degree:

Biology '10

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '11

UCSC

 

Teaching Placement:

Everett Alvarez High School

Salinas, California

 

Cal Teach Internships:

Watsonville High School

Pacific Collegiate School



I wanted something challenging, where I would never stop learning and continue to grow, and teaching just made sense.

Cal Teach has been monumental in providing me with an inside look at the teaching profession, both inside and outside of the classroom. In the process, I have had the opportunity to teach a few classes and begin to understand the essentials to running a successful classroom.

I am currently student teaching a high school Integrated Science class and a Biology class. Cal Teach was definitely the stepping-stone that helped me decide whether teaching was the career for me.

 

 

 

Joyce Hill

Mariah Vega
Bachelors Degree:

Mathematics '12

UCSC

 

Masters Degree:

Education '13

UCSC

 

Teaching Placement:

La Paz Middle School

Salinas, CA

 

Cal Teach Internshipst:

Watsonville High School

Mission Hill Middle Schol

Cesar Chavez Middle School

I always thought teaching was a fun career. I remember my old high school teachers, how they really liked their jobs and how the really amazing teachers could inspire you to work hard. If I could be half as good, I think I’d have a pretty rewarding career. It’s when I came to UCSC and found out about the Math Education Track and programs such as Cal Teach that I really started to consider teaching as a career option.

Cal Teach has given me many opportunities to figure out whether or not I want to pursue a career in teaching. I was placed in a local high school and middle school where I got to experience first-hand what its like to give a lesson, tutor students and see the daily challenges teachers face. The Cal Teach staff has also been very supportive and they’re always available to answer any of my questions.

Being involved in Cal Teach has really been an eye-opener. I never really noticed how much effort it takes to make a lesson plan or figure out how to assess your students. Overall, Cal Teach was able to teach me how to think as a teacher.

I still hope to become a teacher and enter into a credential program after I graduate. I hear UC Santa Cruz has a great Masters/Credential program so I might apply there.