I started working with children when I was in high school where I volunteered at a preschool near my school. After high school, I moved up to Los Angeles and attended Cal State Long Beach and began working at a middle school in East Los Angeles for a non-profit after school program where I also coached the school's cheer team, boys softball, and boys basketball teams. After moving back to San Diego, I began working as a preschool teacher on base at MCAS Miramar. I am currently a Substitute Teacher for the Grossmont Union High School District and work with the AVID program for the San Dieguito Union High School District.
Why do you want to work in the field of education?
I've always had a passion to work with children and I've always felt that students generally don't enjoy science subjects, so I hope to change that for my future students!
Have you participated in international experiences through SOLES?
- Costa Rica, Summer 2011: Our focus was on Peace Education at the University for Peace. The class also had MFT students, so we visited a few mental health clinics.
- Underground Railroad (Cincinnati & Philadelphia), Spring 2012: Our focus was to visit historical landmarks and museums to relate back to the historical struggle for educational equity. Read more.
- Tokyo, Summer 2012: Our focus was on research design and methodology. We collaborated with 2 different universities in Tokyo and looked at Action Research and Lesson Study practices. Read more.
- Kenya, Summer 2012: Our focus was on bringing technology to the Daraja Academy as well as enhancing their Project Based Learning instruction. We brought iPads and iPod touches for the school and led professional developments for the teachers and workshops for the girls at the school. Read more.
How did you hear about SOLES?
I heard about SOLES through an internet search and I attended a Learning and Teaching open house where I met with faculty from each department in Learning and Teaching. I was convinced to apply to USD because of the intimate class sizes, how you're able to work with professors one-on-one, and the beautiful campus!
Where did you do your practicum and student teaching for your Single Subject Credential through SOLES?
My practicum experiences included a Biology classroom at Mission Bay High School and an 8th grade Science classroom at Lewis Middle School
Have you been involved with any research at SOLES?
I am currently involved with an Action Research project that involves integrating iPads into the classroom curriculum. I have also participated a few independent studies that involves looking at Peace Education both in our classrooms here in the U.S. and in the classrooms in Kenya.
Which class impacted you the most?
The Learning and Technology course I took with Jeff Heil would probably be one of my favorite classes. Since I have a passion for technology, this class really has allowed me to understand how to appropriately use technology in the classroom. I've also gained so many resources and have been able to network with educators from all over the world from this class as well as attend various workshops and conferences on technology in education.
Are there specific SOLES faculty that you feel have contributed to your success?
There are so many to name! I have such a great experience with SOLES, that every teacher I've had has contributed to my success!
What are your plans after graduation?
To teach high school biology.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Take advantage of the global experiences at SOLES. I feel like in these classes, I was able to really dive deep into the purpose for every trip in such a short amount of time and I've gained lots of new friends from these experiences. I went on almost all of my study abroad trips not knowing anyone going and every experience turned out great!
Connect with me!
Annie is a Student Ambassador for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences! Annie is available to speak with prospective students at many of our Open Houses and Information Sessions. If you are not able to attend an event but would still like to connect with Annie about her student experience, contact SOLES Admissions and Outreach or check out her entries on our Admissions Blog.