Lara Angeles

Master's Credential Cohort Program: Elementary Education

Hometown

Moreno Valley, California

Expected Graduation Date

Summer 2017

What do you hope to do with your degree and credential, and why?

After having spent two years in Virginia as a preschool teacher and five years in South Korea as an English teacher, I plan on continuing my career in my own classroom here in San Diego upon completion of my M.Ed. and teaching credential. Eventually I would like to return to school for my doctorate in education and be a teacher of future teachers at the collegiate level.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

My first teaching practicum was at Feaster Charter School in a kindergarten dual-language immersion classroom. When I started, I didn’t know what this entailed. Dual-immersion programs allow students to learn content in English and another language; in my program, I taught literacy and math in English and another teacher taught science and social studies in Spanish. Through this experience, I witnessed the benefits of bilingualism for all students and can attest to the importance of incorporating multiculturalism into everyday curriculum.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Education 585P - Elementary Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in a Global Society - with Dr. Bobbi Hansen provided us with a strong framework in different pedagogies. We gained a good sense of how students learn nowadays and experience with best practices. The course not only taught us different approaches to teaching curriculum, it was the first course all of the Multiple Subject candidates in our cohort had class together. In my opinion, this was the course that really bonded us together as we spent so much time together in class sharing our experiences and reflecting on our practicum experiences. In the end, we’ve become not only colleagues but lifelong friends.

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

Be prepared to be challenged. A few of you may have no experience in a classroom and a few of you who have lots of experience. I considered myself in the latter group prior to entering the program. Regardless of all the teaching experience I had, there were so many learning moments and areas of growth that I discovered during the course of this program. Come into this program realizing that there will always be new practices in education and be open to the different philosophies and processes that you will likely come across.