Education and Certification

University of California, Berkeley, Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE)
    Credential (California) English and Social Studies expected 2012
    M.A. (Education) expected 2013

University of California, Hastings College of the Law    
    J.D. 2008

University of California, Berkeley
    B.A. (English) 2002

Work Experience (Education)

Student Teacher – John O’Connell High School San Francisco, CA January 2012-present

Taught 11th Grade American Literature at urban high school. Created, planned, and taught unit on identity through a critical theory (race, gender, class) lens, using A Raisin in the Sun as the focal text. Prepared and implemented lesson plans as part of units planned by cooperating teacher on The Things They Carried, research and presentation (Google Docs presentation software) of controversial issues, and autobiographical essay in conjunction with 826 Valencia. Prepared and implemented lesson plans for CST and EAP Test preparation, including use of Data Director to determine student needs. Responsible for grading and grade-tracking using School Loop. Working on management of talkative class with poor track record of attendance and classwork/homework completion. Attend multiple 11th grade team planning meetings, English department meetings. Participated in grade-norming activities for school-wide writing assessment.

Student Teacher – Mission High School San Francisco, CA September 2011-December 2011

Taught 10th Grade Intermediate English Language Development and assisted in 10th Grade Beginning English Language Development at large urban high school, both new-comer classes. Worked at developing relationships with students and building trust to create space in which students felt safe and could learn. Prepared lesson plans as part of unit on Globalization planned by cooperating teacher. Integrated grammar lessons throughout unit. Planned and taught unit on Participation and Democracy, including focus on understanding academic texts that included literary (e.g., Meditation 17, John Donne), public (e.g., Declaration of Independence), and journalistic documents (e.g., contemporary newspaper articles). Met with parents, including Spanish- and Cantonese-only parents, on Back to School night, and participated in student activities, including an ELD Halloween party and end-of-semester ice skating trip.

Grammar Coach (Volunteer) – Leadership High School, San Francisco, CA October 2011-present

Worked closely with two students in AP Literature class to improve writing and grammar, determining needs and providing relevant instruction and discussion.

Volunteer – San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco, CA September 2010-May 2011

Worked at Horace Mann Elementary School running a mandatory study-hall class and helping facilitate a seminar on Jazz and Democracy. Worked closely with students, teaching concepts in homework or seminar curriculum with which they were struggling, and developing relationships. Kept order in classroom and ensured school rules were followed and environment conducive to learning was maintained.

Volunteer – School to College Program, Balboa High School, San Francisco, CA Fall 2007

Mentored high school students through college application process, edited personal statements, counseled on college and career plans.

Substitute Teacher and Classroom Volunteer – Carondelet High School, Concord, CA 2003

Worked closely with English Department Chair to develop lesson plans in literature and grammar for Freshman, Juniors, and AP Seniors. Corrected and provided feedback on student papers and assignments. Lectured on Modernism, Postmodernism, and Allusions in Slaughterhouse Five; led classroom discussions on various topics, asking questions to encourage deeper thinking. Worked as substitute teacher.

Clinician – Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Berkeley, CA 2002-2003

Taught remedial reading and reading comprehension to students with learning and developmental disabilities at elementary, secondary, and college level. Saw significant improvement in each student, including one six year-old boy who went from an inability to combine sounds to first-grade reading level in a few months.

Tutor – Diablo Valley College Language Lab, Pleasant Hill, CA Spring 2000

Trained to teach the writing process to English Language Learners and other students struggling with college-level English classes. Tutored these students in writing, helping them to develop arguments, outline papers, write, and edit.

Work Experience (Law)

Supervised two law clerks (interns), assigning projects and critiquing their writing and argument to improve both the document submitted and their writing and analytical skills generally. Instructed clerks in the writing process. Discussed substantive law with clerks and assisted in developing research questions and plans.

Responsible for heavy personal injury and employment law caseload. Wrote substantive motions, pleadings, correspondence, and research memos. Took and defended depositions, made court appearances requiring oral argument. Worked with mediators, opposing counsel, and clients to bring about resolutions to disputes. Interviewed clients to determine problem and best course of action, advised of options and relevant law.

Attorney Self Employed, San Francisco, CA                                                                             November 2009 - December 2010

Associate Attorney The Dolan Law Firm, San Francisco, CA                                                September 2008 - October 2009

Law Clerk The Cartwright Law Firm, San Francisco, CA                                                        Spring 2008

Extern Hon. Nandor Vadas, Fed. Magistrate Judge, N.D. Cal.,                                            Fall 2007
    Eureka/San Francisco, CA

Law Clerk Kletter and Peretz, San Francisco, CA                                                                   Summer - Fall 2007

Student Counselor Workers’ Rights Clinic, Employment Law Center,                                Spring 2007
    San Francisco, CA

Law Clerk The Dolan Law Firm, San Francisco, CA                                                                Summer 2006

Volunteer ACCESS Center for Family Law and Self Help Services,                                      Spring 2006
   San Francisco, CA

Legal Assistant The Dolan Law Firm, San Francisco, CA                                                      2003-2005

Professional Activities and Awards

Awarded Graduate School of Education Alumni Fellowship Award, Fall 2011
Created, maintain, and write for cohort website:
Served as volunteer coordinator for U.C. Berkeley GSE Research Day 2012
Member, National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), Secondary Section
Member, California Teachers Association (CTA)
Member, Phi Delta Kappa International, Professional Association in Education, U.C. Berkeley Chapter

Other Skills and Interests 

Conversational in Spanish; familiar with HTML and basic web design; familiar with School Loop and Data Director; interested in equitable and accurate assessment creation, integrative and constructive grammar teaching, and the intersection of linguistics, identity creation, knowledge creation, and power relations.