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I moved to California after attending Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. I have a B.F.A. degree in acting, so naturally, I waited tables. It was never my plan to become a teacher, but once I started teaching, I knew it was for me.
After I participated in the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, I began writing a curriculum around the Harry Potter series. Teaching great literature is the best part about teaching English, and this year, I will sadly say goodbye to Harry. Eighth grade English will be a new challenge, and I could not have picked a better year to move.
The VAPA program came out of my desire to get back to the Arts in education. I wanted to write a program that would use arts integration to teach the core subjects, and allow students unique opportunities to learn about careers in the arts industries. As we look forward to the high school expansion next year, these opportunities will only get bigger, as our students strive for their dreams.
6th Grade Teachers
After moving to California from Delaware via Chicago, I landed in the San Fernando Valley to attend Parkman Junior High for ninth grade. From there, I attended Taft HS where tennis, cheerleading and dance kept me active; then it was on to the University of Delaware.
But it wasn’t until after I had become a mother of three beautiful sons that I decided to go back to school to capture my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. That was over two decades ago. I’ve taught English and history in sixth grade for LAUSD all that time with four years at Hale Charter Academy. And I still love the work! One of my secrets is to keep learning. This summer I was a fulltime student in Cal State Northridge’s Writing Project and it ignited my passion for writing which I will share with my students. On the weekends, I am learning to sail. So, if you race, and need a green hand, I am willing to crew.
I live in our school’s community and can walk to school. I have a dog, a cat and a fish pond. I grow organic vegetables and practice yoga. I love hummingbirds and wild horses. My favorite colors are purple and orange. And, can you believe it, I’m allergic to chocolate?!
I became an educator because of the Boy Scouts and the Northridge Earthquake. Strange huh!
I came to California from New York in 1976 to attend Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After graduating in 1980, I went to work full time in the industry. I opened my own business in 1992, a small studio on Tampa Ave. in Tarzana. Prior to that, in 1989, I was a volunteer Photography teacher at Miguel Leonis Continuation High School in Woodland Hills.
Then came January 17, 1994; the Northridge Earthquake. The shaker did a pretty good amount of damage to the building, and I decided to move the business back home. The luxury dollars to spend on photography shrank, so I went to work for the Daily News. One day, at a Scouting function, a friend said he always thought I’d make an awesome teacher. So here I am, 20 years later, loving what I’m doing, educating young people in Math, Science and Photography.
I live in Woodland Hills, so don’t be surprised if we run into each other at the mall, movies, restaurants, or 24Hr Fitness. I have a beautiful fiancé who is also a teacher. We love music, dancing and snow skiing. Hope to see you around town!
7th Grade Teachers
Tuan "Duke" Huynh