I am the Resident Principal at Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, a small PreK-8th grade elementary school in Near North, Chicago. Prior to assuming my residency, I served as an instructional coach, data analyst, RTI coordinator, and technology coordanator at Talman Elementary on the Southwest side of Chicago. I have also taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics, Remedial Algebra, and 4th grade in Bloomington, IL and Los Angeles, CA.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My ideal school empowers all students to become global citizens. It inspires a culture of risk-taking. And it develops a community of learners, where everyone is learning from and teaching each other, including parents and community members. When students graduate, they recognize that they have been taught the skills they will need to create their own college and career paths, including for jobs that have not yet been invented. They are able to sift through the myriad of information and share their unique perspective with an authentic audience using digital tools. Their teachers and parents help them recognize that only by trying new things can we grow in our abilities and confidence. And all students will be granted the opportunity to share their own passions and knowledge with another person, appreciating the art and importance of teaching and learning from others.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Universal Design for Learning