I am an educator, originally from Peru, South America, who has lived and/or worked in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, United States, Spain and Venezuela. I speak English, Spanish and I am able to read a little bit of French. I plan on taking some Japanese this Fall 1999 and Spring 2000 semesters because I will be traveling next year (hopefully) to Chiba and Tokyo, Japan where an international Mathematics Education conference will be taking place.
I have been teaching for six years -- 3rd through 5th grade level -- and I truly enjoy working with these young students in all subject areas. I firmly believe in building a strong foundation in mathematics and sciences through minds-on, problem solving and higher order thinking activities. I have very high expectations for every child coming into my classroom and I communicate this feeling not only to the students but also to their parents.
I am very interested in contributing to the improvement of mathematics and science education at the elementary level, since my interest in learning new teaching strategies, trying new methods and lessons integrating subjects, attending local, regional and national conferences, and reading about the most recent development in both subjects.Professional Organizations
I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Houston Metropolitan Association of Teachers of Science (MATS), Houston Council of Teachers of Mathematics (HCTM), National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), Texas Association of Bilingual Education (TABE), Houston Association of Bilingual Education (HABE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), University of Houston Alumni Association and University of Houston Women's Association, Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS).
Professional and Extracurricular Activities
I am actively involved at my school, De Zavala Elementary School, through the following volunteer activities: tutoring (Math Olympiad), parental involvement (Family Math Night), peers (Mentoring), grant writing (City of Houston's After-School Achievement Program, Texas Education Agency's Staff Development and Parental Involvement, The Houston Annenberg Challenge), community involvement (bringing into my school professors, scientists, researchers, bussines organizations).
I received a Shell Education Foundation scholarship to attend the 1995 and 1996 SummerMath for Teachers, held at Mount Holyoke College in Massachussetts. I was also awarded a scholarship from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to attend and present at the 8th International Conference in Mathematics Education (ICME8), held in Seville, Spain, in July 1996. And last, I received the 1998 Houston Council of Teachers of Mathematics "Ella Porter Award in Elementary Education."
I love classical music, playing chess, Peruvian and international cooking, traveling.
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These pages were developed through GirlTECH , a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Copyright July 1999 by Juana A. Wilson.