WESTMONT HIGH SCHOOL
Born in San Jose, California with a Mexican and Portuguese American background. Raised primarily by my mom, who also adopted and raised my twin sisters. Growing up, playing competitive basketball gave me a sense purpose and joy. Joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity while attending San Jose State University. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, as well as a Masters degree in Education: Best Practices for the 21st Century. A devotion to helping others has led to job experiences over my adult years in retail management, health and fitness, and education. In the end, teaching provides the greatest opportunity to serve a local community; in addition to, molding the next generation into future leaders of the world.
CSTP GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
IMPACT ON STUDENTS
Inquiry: Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning.
Driving Question for Inquiry: What teaching strategies and learning activities are most effective to improve student behavior for my math class?
In this inquiry, I arranged for students to work in a small group (three students) to complete daily warm-ups and activities. It took the small group one class period before making efforts to communicate with one another. Eventually, all three students were asking questions and assisting one another with various mathematical problems. Most importantly, all students were able to complete their work in a timely manner. They also increased their comfort to work and socialize in a group setting, which is a key goal for every student in our program. Here is evidence of student work for a lesson on multiplying polynomials.
"Daniel displays a genuine caring and concern for his students. He has shown knowledge of the curriculum for the high school subjects he teaches. His lessons are highly organized, appropriately sequenced and based on CCSS and IEP goals. He is highly prepared with all needed materials before the lessons begin. Daniel sets appropriate expectations, both academically and behaviorally, for students. He differentiates instruction, as needed, for individual students."