One of the earliest childhood memories I have is visiting the National Air and Space Museum with my parents. I remember my dad reading the information for each exhibit to me because I couldn’t sound out all the words yet. This contributed to my interest in both learning and teaching and led me towards a role as an educator.
I was born and raised in Daly City, and I attended Cal State Long Beach to major in physics. There, I got my first exposure to education research. We discussed ideas that I have always thought about, like what we can do as educators to help create a comfortable space for our students. I decided that I wanted to continue to consider and formally research these topics in SJSU’s master’s program, doing research in physics education and the different ways we can better integrate students and the material.
I have also worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for K-8 after-school programs. I spent three years tutoring third through eighth graders in math and English, and I have worked with kindergartners transitioning into first grade. From these experiences, I have learned how important these years are in laying a good foundation for students to build on during high school and college. In my time as a student, I struggled the most in elementary and middle school, and a couple of amazing teachers helped to keep me on the right track. I enjoy the opportunity to offer the same support to my students.