I live in Lodi and teach English and literature at Vineyard Christian Middle School in Lodi.
I attended Tokay High School and participated in the Lincoln Technical Academy Regional Occupational Program for elementary education. Brad Vander Hamm was my teacher.
I participated in Community Classroom at Vinewood Elementary school in Lodi in Susie Quesada’s first-grade class. It was great!
My mom has taught first grade since I was born and I knew I wanted to teach. ROP gave me the option to view the classroom outside of my own lessons in high school and outside of how my mom teaches. The opportunity only cemented my wish to teach.
I went to San Diego State and earned by bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. After graduating in San Diego, I went to California State University, Stanislaus, and earned my multiple subject credential.
The ROP program helped me to see that teaching isn’t just an 8-3 job. It takes a lot of effort, caring and patience. It also fostered my love for children and seeing them learn.
The ROP program confirmed my desire to teach and gave me a hands-on opportunity to experience life in the classroom with low risks, as opposed to being thrown into a classroom for my student teaching in the credential program.
I really think this program gave me a boost above my credential classmates, since I had already spent time as an authority figure in a classroom.