Social studies has always been one of my favorite subjects and I love people. Everyone has a story, everyone shares some of their stories...that's what makes "history", history.
I am a (proud) 1988 graduate of Southwest. This has always been my home. I did my internship here, as well, with Mr. Menendez and started teaching with Mr. Cancio and Ms. Noboa in 1997.
When I started college, I always headed in the direction of the social sciences--I loved psychology, so I decided to major in it. When I realized that wasn't for me, I decided to become a lawyer, but as time went on, I knew that being in an office wouldn't work for me. So, I decided that if I love social studies so much, why not teach it. I received my AA from Miami-Dade Community College, my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies education from FIU, and my Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education (in 2019).
I'm the mom of 2: Amanda (Mandy), a former Eagle and Junior at UCF (University of Central Florida), and Jacob (Jake), also a former Eagle, valedictorian of the Class of 2021, and freshman at UCLA.
I am also the tennis coach here at Southwest so if you are interested in trying out, shoot me an e-mail. You can find my e-mail address under "contact me".
Sitting in my class over a 180 day period, you will not only learn about whatever the subject listed on your schedule is, but we will engage in "life lessons" (I number them to keep track but I don't always teach them in order). I like to tell personal stories that are relevant to what is being taught (either in subject or in context of a situation we are involved in). My "stories" may SEEM to go off-topic, but there is always something that links them to where we currently are in class. I don't like to "waste spit" so I promise to link the stories back to where we started...you just have to be patient.
Here's a quote from my favorite philosopher of all time:
"When mapping out your future, do it in pencil." - John Bon Jovi
Enough about me! Let's get going!