Meet Our Team

At Southeast DREAMS Magnet, teachers work in a highly collaborative environment to develop cross-curricular and student-centered projects that charge students with employing design thinking strategies with an entrepreneurial mindset. Our teachers embody the same six entrepreneurial mindsets that they help develop in our students: initiative and self-direction, risk-taking, flexibility and adaptability, and creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration. Meet our faculty members below:

 
 

The Founders

 
Ms. Yi  |  Magnet Coordinator   My educational pedagogy is deeply rooted in the belief that all students are primed for greatness. I am proud to be part of an amazing team of movers and shakers at Southeast DREAMS Magnet. We are passionate about helping students realize their potential for academic success and social development. My activities: In 2009, I earned a Masters of Education in Science Education from UCLA and went on to attend Columbia University to pursue graduate studies in Educational Leadership. In 2013, I published my work on project-based learning called “Developing the Holistic 21st Century Student: Improving Attitudes, Collaboration Skills and Academic Achievement through Project-Based Learning in Middle-School Science” through UCLA’s Teacher Initiated Inquiry Project. I am also a lecturer at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, where I teach an Introductory Course to Middle School Practices in Science Education.    WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Project-Based Learning  · The intersections of Art, Design, Science, and Education  · Making learning palatable, relevant, and impactful for all students

Ms. Yi | Magnet Coordinator

My educational pedagogy is deeply rooted in the belief that all students are primed for greatness. I am proud to be part of an amazing team of movers and shakers at Southeast DREAMS Magnet. We are passionate about helping students realize their potential for academic success and social development. My activities: In 2009, I earned a Masters of Education in Science Education from UCLA and went on to attend Columbia University to pursue graduate studies in Educational Leadership. In 2013, I published my work on project-based learning called “Developing the Holistic 21st Century Student: Improving Attitudes, Collaboration Skills and Academic Achievement through Project-Based Learning in Middle-School Science” through UCLA’s Teacher Initiated Inquiry Project. I am also a lecturer at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, where I teach an Introductory Course to Middle School Practices in Science Education.


WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Project-Based Learning

· The intersections of Art, Design, Science, and Education

· Making learning palatable, relevant, and impactful for all students

Mr. Medina  | English and Computer Science Teacher   My Website:   https://grm2738.wixsite.com/mysite    Scholastic Book Club (Class Code: W22GP) :   Website   |   Letter   My educational philosophy centers on my students having authentic, professional learning experiences. My work in our school community has centered on students meeting exceptional levels of performance, being engaged with challenging tasks, and working collaboratively to create authentic expressions of work. I have multiple teaching credentials in English, Social Studies, and Computer Applications, and I have my graduate degree in Computer Design. I am a member of the California International Studies Project-School of Education at Stanford University. In 2014, I was awarded a New York Stock Exchange Euronext Teacher Exchange Fellowship to embed financial literacy in Computer Education. In 2016, I received an Innovation in Financial Education award through the MassMutual Foundation. In 2017, I was accepted into a Code.org teaching fellowship to embed design thinking into computer education. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education (Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood).    WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT   · Working to build a magnet center that exemplifies the National Magnet Standards of Excellence.  · Finding interesting intersections between digital literacy, technology, real-world applications, and the expression of my students' creativity.

Mr. Medina | English and Computer Science Teacher

My Website: https://grm2738.wixsite.com/mysite

Scholastic Book Club (Class Code: W22GP) : Website | Letter

My educational philosophy centers on my students having authentic, professional learning experiences. My work in our school community has centered on students meeting exceptional levels of performance, being engaged with challenging tasks, and working collaboratively to create authentic expressions of work. I have multiple teaching credentials in English, Social Studies, and Computer Applications, and I have my graduate degree in Computer Design. I am a member of the California International Studies Project-School of Education at Stanford University. In 2014, I was awarded a New York Stock Exchange Euronext Teacher Exchange Fellowship to embed financial literacy in Computer Education. In 2016, I received an Innovation in Financial Education award through the MassMutual Foundation. In 2017, I was accepted into a Code.org teaching fellowship to embed design thinking into computer education. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education (Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood).


WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT

· Working to build a magnet center that exemplifies the National Magnet Standards of Excellence.

· Finding interesting intersections between digital literacy, technology, real-world applications, and the expression of my students' creativity.

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Ms. Tarr  | Theatre Teacher  My educational philosophy is grounded in the authentic belief that all students intrinsically want to learn and succeed. The responsibility of the educational system is to provide a place for them to unearth their passion, their talent, and true calling in life. My activities include: Graduating from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a 15-year acting career, traveling with Southeast Middle School students to NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Art Institute, and to the Oakland Museum of California for award ceremonies, showcasing student performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Coconut Grove Theatre, InnerArts, Grand Park, and at other LAUSD elementary and middle schools. In 2012, I was awarded Center Theatre Group’s Theatre Educator Fellowship with a $5,000 grant to study Spanish and Theatre Arts in various cities in Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in ELA Early Adolescence.    WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Helping young people prepare for their future  · Creating an engaging program that allows students multiple opportunities to use their voice to create positive change at school, in the community, and beyond through a project-based learning curriculum  · Using mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning to increase resilience, self-efficacy, and empathy

Ms. Tarr | Theatre Teacher

My educational philosophy is grounded in the authentic belief that all students intrinsically want to learn and succeed. The responsibility of the educational system is to provide a place for them to unearth their passion, their talent, and true calling in life. My activities include: Graduating from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a 15-year acting career, traveling with Southeast Middle School students to NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Art Institute, and to the Oakland Museum of California for award ceremonies, showcasing student performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Coconut Grove Theatre, InnerArts, Grand Park, and at other LAUSD elementary and middle schools. In 2012, I was awarded Center Theatre Group’s Theatre Educator Fellowship with a $5,000 grant to study Spanish and Theatre Arts in various cities in Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in ELA Early Adolescence.


WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Helping young people prepare for their future

· Creating an engaging program that allows students multiple opportunities to use their voice to create positive change at school, in the community, and beyond through a project-based learning curriculum

· Using mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning to increase resilience, self-efficacy, and empathy

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The Team

 
Mr. Dang  | Math and Science Teacher  My education philosophy is based on students participating as active constructors of their own knowledge through extensive collaboration with their peers and engagement in challenging and authentic learning experiences. Furthermore, I believe that all students deserve a space to practice and hone their skills as agents of change within their home, school, and community. I received a Masters in Education from UCLA with an inquiry study on developing Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects with math. Some of my past activities include youth mentorship through Big Citizen Hub and Americorps City Year. I also facilitated a series of Pre-Calculus workshops with freshman students attending UCLA. Currently, I am involved with our SRLA campus chapter and community organizing with Students Deserve.     WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Mentorship  · Ethnomathematics  · Service-Based Learning Programs

Mr. Dang | Math and Science Teacher

My education philosophy is based on students participating as active constructors of their own knowledge through extensive collaboration with their peers and engagement in challenging and authentic learning experiences. Furthermore, I believe that all students deserve a space to practice and hone their skills as agents of change within their home, school, and community. I received a Masters in Education from UCLA with an inquiry study on developing Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects with math. Some of my past activities include youth mentorship through Big Citizen Hub and Americorps City Year. I also facilitated a series of Pre-Calculus workshops with freshman students attending UCLA. Currently, I am involved with our SRLA campus chapter and community organizing with Students Deserve.

WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Mentorship

· Ethnomathematics

· Service-Based Learning Programs

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Ms. Diaz  | History and Visual Arts Teacher  My educational philosophy is concentrated on the idea that Knowledge is Power. I have passion for the Social Sciences (i.e.: History, Government, Geography, etc) and want my students to embrace these topics as a knowledge base to empower themselves and their community. I enable an individual-thinking environment in my classroom, that allows for freedom of expression, and creativity. I have participated in the 2019 UCLA/U.C. Irvine Women's History in the 20th Century Seminar, 2019 Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History: America in the Age of Discovery (USC), 2018 and 2019 Music Center Art Symposium, 2018 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: California Immigration (Occidental College), UCLA History/Geography Project "Places and Time: Los Angeles History and Geography”, Kagan Professional Development: Win-win discipline and Cooperative Learning. Graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with Dual Degrees in History and Social Science, and currently working on my Masters in Art History.    WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Empowering young minds! Today's youth needs to be made aware of their potential and how they can leave a positive mark in this world.  · Teaching the community History, so that the wrongs of the past do not repeat in our present and future.

Ms. Diaz | History and Visual Arts Teacher

My educational philosophy is concentrated on the idea that Knowledge is Power. I have passion for the Social Sciences (i.e.: History, Government, Geography, etc) and want my students to embrace these topics as a knowledge base to empower themselves and their community. I enable an individual-thinking environment in my classroom, that allows for freedom of expression, and creativity. I have participated in the 2019 UCLA/U.C. Irvine Women's History in the 20th Century Seminar, 2019 Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History: America in the Age of Discovery (USC), 2018 and 2019 Music Center Art Symposium, 2018 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: California Immigration (Occidental College), UCLA History/Geography Project "Places and Time: Los Angeles History and Geography”, Kagan Professional Development: Win-win discipline and Cooperative Learning. Graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with Dual Degrees in History and Social Science, and currently working on my Masters in Art History.


WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Empowering young minds! Today's youth needs to be made aware of their potential and how they can leave a positive mark in this world.

· Teaching the community History, so that the wrongs of the past do not repeat in our present and future.

Dr. Jimeno  | World History and French Teacher  My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that a quality public education is the best lever we have as a society to ensure we produce individuals with the critical thinking skills to be engaged participants in our polity, and responsible consumers in our economy. When our schools are student-centered and the relationship between teachers, students, and parents is seen as a partnership, we unlock the true potential of our educational system.  My activities include receiving a PhD in Political Science and going on to teach Research Methods at the University of Arkansas, among other classes. I published several book chapters on perceptions of immigration by the American public, as well as the political incorporation of Latin American immigrants in the United States. My desire to further my education in the Social Sciences stemmed from my experience as a History and Government teacher for the district.     WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Educational equity, or the belief that structural constraints largely drive gaps in achievement and if we address those individually for each student then they will find success as life-long learners.  · True assessments of learning that also accomplish the goal of having students feel motivated to continue their quest for knowledge and to apply that knowledge to their daily lives.

Dr. Jimeno | World History and French Teacher

My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that a quality public education is the best lever we have as a society to ensure we produce individuals with the critical thinking skills to be engaged participants in our polity, and responsible consumers in our economy. When our schools are student-centered and the relationship between teachers, students, and parents is seen as a partnership, we unlock the true potential of our educational system.

My activities include receiving a PhD in Political Science and going on to teach Research Methods at the University of Arkansas, among other classes. I published several book chapters on perceptions of immigration by the American public, as well as the political incorporation of Latin American immigrants in the United States. My desire to further my education in the Social Sciences stemmed from my experience as a History and Government teacher for the district.

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Educational equity, or the belief that structural constraints largely drive gaps in achievement and if we address those individually for each student then they will find success as life-long learners.

· True assessments of learning that also accomplish the goal of having students feel motivated to continue their quest for knowledge and to apply that knowledge to their daily lives.

 
Ms. Mendoza  | Science and Critical Media Literacy Teacher  The core values of my philosophy of education include developing students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills and teaching students empathy and integrity. I aspire to create a community of learners in my classroom, which I believe is necessary to support student learning and create a safe, welcome environment for the success of all students; my goal is to help students navigate their lives with an appreciation for scientific inquiry, as well as collaboration and compassion. My activities: UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (M.Ed in Secondary Science 2019), UCLA Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology, Assistant Director of a math learning center in Los Angeles. MLG (Mastery Learning and Grading) Certified Teacher (Spring 2019).     WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Cross-curricular connections between science and social science  · Engaging and relevant curriculum  · Increasing student awareness of social issues as it relates to science and promoting student activism and advocacy

Ms. Mendoza | Science and Critical Media Literacy Teacher

The core values of my philosophy of education include developing students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills and teaching students empathy and integrity. I aspire to create a community of learners in my classroom, which I believe is necessary to support student learning and create a safe, welcome environment for the success of all students; my goal is to help students navigate their lives with an appreciation for scientific inquiry, as well as collaboration and compassion. My activities: UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (M.Ed in Secondary Science 2019), UCLA Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology, Assistant Director of a math learning center in Los Angeles. MLG (Mastery Learning and Grading) Certified Teacher (Spring 2019).

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Cross-curricular connections between science and social science

· Engaging and relevant curriculum

· Increasing student awareness of social issues as it relates to science and promoting student activism and advocacy

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Ms. Torres  | History and Calligraphy Teacher  My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that every child can and will succeed in ways that reflect their own aptitude and interests. Within the classroom, each child has the opportunity to utilize their individual talents for the betterment of their group in a student-centered curriculum. This curriculum utilizes strategies and methodologies from: Kagan Publishing & Professional Development, UCLA History Geography Project “Places and Time, Los Angeles History and Geography”, and Art Center’s Teacher Institute of Design Based Learning.  My ability to motivate and connect with students helps to create a culture in which they are learning from both the teacher and their classmates. I believe this creates a well-rounded 21st century thinker in which each student has something to offer our modern society. Through the study of social science, I will help guide students on their path to becoming global collaborators and ultimately agents of change.     WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Youth empowerment  · Student creativity  · Building empathy  · Making history relevant to students' life and their community

Ms. Torres | History and Calligraphy Teacher

My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that every child can and will succeed in ways that reflect their own aptitude and interests. Within the classroom, each child has the opportunity to utilize their individual talents for the betterment of their group in a student-centered curriculum. This curriculum utilizes strategies and methodologies from: Kagan Publishing & Professional Development, UCLA History Geography Project “Places and Time, Los Angeles History and Geography”, and Art Center’s Teacher Institute of Design Based Learning.

My ability to motivate and connect with students helps to create a culture in which they are learning from both the teacher and their classmates. I believe this creates a well-rounded 21st century thinker in which each student has something to offer our modern society. Through the study of social science, I will help guide students on their path to becoming global collaborators and ultimately agents of change.

WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Youth empowerment

· Student creativity

· Building empathy

· Making history relevant to students' life and their community

Mr. Zamudio  | Physical Education Teacher  The goal of education is an enriching process of ongoing growth and it must prepare students to become valuable members of society. It focuses on the real world and teaches students to read, write, speak, compute and incorporate life long fitness and health clearly and logically in order to become responsible members of society.   The core focus of the curriculum in my class is knowledge and skills of physical education, physical activity, life-long fitness, nutrition and covering the standards as they relate to physical education. I design challenging enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students. Believing that students learn best from what they consider most relevant to their lives and understanding that this can be difficult to do when pertaining to physical education. I try to ensure that each lesson hooks my students and draws them in by using personal interest.   WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Helping students ascertain their inner strengths and abilities  · Guiding students toward self-efficacy

Mr. Zamudio | Physical Education Teacher

The goal of education is an enriching process of ongoing growth and it must prepare students to become valuable members of society. It focuses on the real world and teaches students to read, write, speak, compute and incorporate life long fitness and health clearly and logically in order to become responsible members of society.


The core focus of the curriculum in my class is knowledge and skills of physical education, physical activity, life-long fitness, nutrition and covering the standards as they relate to physical education. I design challenging enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students. Believing that students learn best from what they consider most relevant to their lives and understanding that this can be difficult to do when pertaining to physical education. I try to ensure that each lesson hooks my students and draws them in by using personal interest.

WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Helping students ascertain their inner strengths and abilities

· Guiding students toward self-efficacy

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Mr. Ahn  | History and Photography Teacher  I want to encourage a classroom to develop personal consciousness and global awareness so that they can be agents of change. Through various projects and unique learning opportunities, I want to empower students to not only see their immediate social spheres as their community, but as global citizens that believe that their participation and contributions are worthwhile and meaningful.  I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor and education. I returned for a Master in Teaching and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences. I have also been shooting photography and videography for 5 years, providing photography services for weddings, graduations, and other events.     WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Empowering students to become agents of change  · Creating a community of respect and empathy  · Framing school as a place students want to be

Mr. Ahn | History and Photography Teacher

I want to encourage a classroom to develop personal consciousness and global awareness so that they can be agents of change. Through various projects and unique learning opportunities, I want to empower students to not only see their immediate social spheres as their community, but as global citizens that believe that their participation and contributions are worthwhile and meaningful.

I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor and education. I returned for a Master in Teaching and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences. I have also been shooting photography and videography for 5 years, providing photography services for weddings, graduations, and other events.

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Empowering students to become agents of change

· Creating a community of respect and empathy

· Framing school as a place students want to be

Ms. McLellan  | Science Teacher  My educational philosophy is rooted in the idea that all students are natural born scientists. The innate curiosity that all young people have is a skill which, with guidance, can be refined to allow them to understand the world around them. Being able to help students explore the way the world works and be able to explain the phenomena they see on a daily basis is one of my great joys as a teacher. I utilize a variety of techniques to encourage my students to accept challenges and failure as part of the learning process and strive to make learning engaging and relevant to students’ lives. I believe that science is an intersectional discipline that cannot be removed from the historical and cultural context that learning takes place in or that discoveries were made in. Questioning the world around them includes investigating the history of science and development of our current understandings. Project based learning should involve students’ unique perspectives and backgrounds and require skills from all content classes. My activities: BA from CSU Fullerton. Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Certification in Sustainability and Behavior Change from UC San Diego Extension. Lunar & Meteorite Sample Certification from NASA/JPL. Learning and the Brain Conference 2017, Leader in Me training, EDI training    I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Sustainability and environmental & climate justice  · Using science as a lens to help build students’ critical thinking skills  · Cross curricular collaboration  · Increasing student access and connections to nature

Ms. McLellan | Science Teacher

My educational philosophy is rooted in the idea that all students are natural born scientists. The innate curiosity that all young people have is a skill which, with guidance, can be refined to allow them to understand the world around them. Being able to help students explore the way the world works and be able to explain the phenomena they see on a daily basis is one of my great joys as a teacher. I utilize a variety of techniques to encourage my students to accept challenges and failure as part of the learning process and strive to make learning engaging and relevant to students’ lives. I believe that science is an intersectional discipline that cannot be removed from the historical and cultural context that learning takes place in or that discoveries were made in. Questioning the world around them includes investigating the history of science and development of our current understandings. Project based learning should involve students’ unique perspectives and backgrounds and require skills from all content classes. My activities: BA from CSU Fullerton. Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Certification in Sustainability and Behavior Change from UC San Diego Extension. Lunar & Meteorite Sample Certification from NASA/JPL. Learning and the Brain Conference 2017, Leader in Me training, EDI training


I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Sustainability and environmental & climate justice

· Using science as a lens to help build students’ critical thinking skills

· Cross curricular collaboration

· Increasing student access and connections to nature

Ms. Mayorga-Garcia  | Math and Computer Science Teacher  My educational philosophy is rooted in the belief that learning is an ongoing growth process that cannot be done alone. I want my students to come together as a community of learners that is ready to tackle problems and challenges both in and out of the classroom. My goal is for students to know and believe that their knowledge and experiences are valuable. And, most importantly, I want students to believe in the power of their own voice, to know that what they have to say, matters. Some of my professional activities include being an NSF Robert Noyce Scholar, obtaining a B.A. in Mathematics from Occidental College, and currently pursuing a Masters of Education from UCLA's Teacher Education Program.   WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Shifting students’ attitudes from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, especially with mathematics, a subject that is often seen as something that one is either good at or not.  · Learning through collaboration where dialogue between students becomes a norm and students develop strong interpersonal skills  · Increasing and strengthening students’ sense of agency

Ms. Mayorga-Garcia | Math and Computer Science Teacher

My educational philosophy is rooted in the belief that learning is an ongoing growth process that cannot be done alone. I want my students to come together as a community of learners that is ready to tackle problems and challenges both in and out of the classroom. My goal is for students to know and believe that their knowledge and experiences are valuable. And, most importantly, I want students to believe in the power of their own voice, to know that what they have to say, matters. Some of my professional activities include being an NSF Robert Noyce Scholar, obtaining a B.A. in Mathematics from Occidental College, and currently pursuing a Masters of Education from UCLA's Teacher Education Program.

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Shifting students’ attitudes from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, especially with mathematics, a subject that is often seen as something that one is either good at or not.

· Learning through collaboration where dialogue between students becomes a norm and students develop strong interpersonal skills

· Increasing and strengthening students’ sense of agency

 
Mr. Sanati  | Math and Financial Literacy Teacher  My educational philosophy is predicated on my belief that every student has the innate ability to think both creatively and critically. Critical thinking and creative thinking inform each other and a high quality education provides students the opportunity to create and explore their own ideas while developing and refining their ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and self-reflect. By providing a positive learning environment and memorable experiences that emphasize DREAMS, we empower students to become the best version of themselves and tackle the world’s problems. I am a graduate from California State University, Long Beach and hold a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.   WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Igniting students’ curiosity  · Authentic learning  · Preparing students to make informed and effective financial decisions

Mr. Sanati | Math and Financial Literacy Teacher

My educational philosophy is predicated on my belief that every student has the innate ability to think both creatively and critically. Critical thinking and creative thinking inform each other and a high quality education provides students the opportunity to create and explore their own ideas while developing and refining their ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and self-reflect. By providing a positive learning environment and memorable experiences that emphasize DREAMS, we empower students to become the best version of themselves and tackle the world’s problems. I am a graduate from California State University, Long Beach and hold a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Igniting students’ curiosity

· Authentic learning

· Preparing students to make informed and effective financial decisions

Ms. Gonzalez  | Math and Digital JournalismTeacher   Check out my DonorsChoose page!   My educational philosophy is that all students deserve a place to learn that gives them a sense of community and belonging. I intend to create a space for my students to be able to collaborate and communicate their ideas as they continue to become proficient and productive students who have empathy for others. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Child Development.    I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · CGI Math  · Using technology as a tool to support instruction  · Building empathy

Ms. Gonzalez | Math and Digital JournalismTeacher

Check out my DonorsChoose page!

My educational philosophy is that all students deserve a place to learn that gives them a sense of community and belonging. I intend to create a space for my students to be able to collaborate and communicate their ideas as they continue to become proficient and productive students who have empathy for others. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Child Development.


I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· CGI Math

· Using technology as a tool to support instruction

· Building empathy

Ms. Higgins  | English and AVID Teacher  I am guided by my vision of education as a mirror through which we can more deeply know ourselves and the world. I teach students that stories can lead us to understanding and communication, and that knowledge is rooted in our lived experiences. As an educator for social justice, my presence in the classroom is founded on a pedagogy of love.      WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Learning and growing  · Creative arts, painting  · Ethnic studies pedagogy  · Rethinking schools

Ms. Higgins | English and AVID Teacher

I am guided by my vision of education as a mirror through which we can more deeply know ourselves and the world. I teach students that stories can lead us to understanding and communication, and that knowledge is rooted in our lived experiences. As an educator for social justice, my presence in the classroom is founded on a pedagogy of love.


WHAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Learning and growing

· Creative arts, painting

· Ethnic studies pedagogy

· Rethinking schools

 
Mr. Nelson  | ELA, Reading, and Math Lab Teacher  Greetings! My educational philosophy is pretty simple, to be able to teach you to think critically and represent that information in a multitude of engaging and relevant learning modalities on a daily basis. Basically, to get you out of your comfort zone and learn not just for school but for the joy of learning.  I have been teaching for over 20 years and have had the opportunity to lead in various aspects of the school community including but not limited to Intervention Coach, Safety Committee and various other committees to numerous to list. However, some of my accomplishments that stand out are relationships and partnerships I have had the opportunity to lead, such as Art Together with the Getty Museum and look forward to future partnerships with the Lucas Museum currently under construction in Expo Park.  I am so excited in this great and exciting inaugural journey at DREAMS and having the honor of teaching your child/YOU!   WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · My family (4 daughters)  · The Dodgers  · BBQ pit master  · Traveling and camping

Mr. Nelson | ELA, Reading, and Math Lab Teacher

Greetings! My educational philosophy is pretty simple, to be able to teach you to think critically and represent that information in a multitude of engaging and relevant learning modalities on a daily basis. Basically, to get you out of your comfort zone and learn not just for school but for the joy of learning.

I have been teaching for over 20 years and have had the opportunity to lead in various aspects of the school community including but not limited to Intervention Coach, Safety Committee and various other committees to numerous to list. However, some of my accomplishments that stand out are relationships and partnerships I have had the opportunity to lead, such as Art Together with the Getty Museum and look forward to future partnerships with the Lucas Museum currently under construction in Expo Park.

I am so excited in this great and exciting inaugural journey at DREAMS and having the honor of teaching your child/YOU!

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· My family (4 daughters)

· The Dodgers

· BBQ pit master

· Traveling and camping

Ms. Magallan  | Physical Education Teacher  My educational philosophy is deeply rooted in building a sense of community where students feel safe, comfortable, and empowered. I believe students learn best in a welcoming and supportive environment that allows them to reach their full potential. Students will be encouraged to work productively, motivate and encourage one another, and recognize the importance of communication and teamwork. In Physical Education, physical fitness and wellness, social development, and life long participation are concepts I hope to embed not only in my class, but also for life skills after middle school. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with my Bachelors and Teaching Credential in Kinesiology. I am currently attending CSULB as candidate for a Masters Degree in Kinesiology.   WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:   · Youth Empowerment  · Physical Wellness and Literacy  · Anti-bullying

Ms. Magallan | Physical Education Teacher

My educational philosophy is deeply rooted in building a sense of community where students feel safe, comfortable, and empowered. I believe students learn best in a welcoming and supportive environment that allows them to reach their full potential. Students will be encouraged to work productively, motivate and encourage one another, and recognize the importance of communication and teamwork. In Physical Education, physical fitness and wellness, social development, and life long participation are concepts I hope to embed not only in my class, but also for life skills after middle school. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with my Bachelors and Teaching Credential in Kinesiology. I am currently attending CSULB as candidate for a Masters Degree in Kinesiology.

WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT:

· Youth Empowerment

· Physical Wellness and Literacy

· Anti-bullying

Mr. Vargas  | ELA and Ethnic Studies Teacher  I am from East Los Angeles and current UCLA graduate student pursuit of a Masters in education. I have a B.A. from Humboldt State University in Criminology and Justice Studies. My teaching philosophy aligns with a social justice pedagogy centered around my students. Students are at the center of my teaching philosophy. I am a teacher to serve students, all students in any way I can within my capacity. I will build my capacity by learning from my student's experiences, perspectives and the knowledge they share with me. This way I will always learn. My teaching philosophy involves encouraging students to not only question their education but reflect on their education and transform it by reflecting on who they are within their current schooling and how they will rethink and reintegrate their education. I aim to ensure that my students know that I value their education and most importantly, care about who they are as an individual and as a part of their community. I will be a part of my students’ learning communities, not as a leader, but as a member learning with them, because I am not a holder of all knowledge, I am a constant learner of knowledge.

Mr. Vargas | ELA and Ethnic Studies Teacher

I am from East Los Angeles and current UCLA graduate student pursuit of a Masters in education. I have a B.A. from Humboldt State University in Criminology and Justice Studies. My teaching philosophy aligns with a social justice pedagogy centered around my students. Students are at the center of my teaching philosophy. I am a teacher to serve students, all students in any way I can within my capacity. I will build my capacity by learning from my student's experiences, perspectives and the knowledge they share with me. This way I will always learn. My teaching philosophy involves encouraging students to not only question their education but reflect on their education and transform it by reflecting on who they are within their current schooling and how they will rethink and reintegrate their education. I aim to ensure that my students know that I value their education and most importantly, care about who they are as an individual and as a part of their community. I will be a part of my students’ learning communities, not as a leader, but as a member learning with them, because I am not a holder of all knowledge, I am a constant learner of knowledge.