To support teachers in the implementation of curriculum and instructional strategies to maximize student engagement and success.
Instructional Coaches Vision Statement:
Natalie is originally from Redwood City and graduated from Woodside High School. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Chico State University, she obtained her teaching credential and Masters Degree in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been an educator in the Sequoia Union High School District for 18 years. At Menlo-Atherton High School, she worked as a Special Education and English Co-Teacher and also served as Special Education Department Chair, Collaboration Coordinator, a WASC Leader and an AVID I teacher. While at Woodside High School, Natalie worked as an English and Special Education teacher and was part of the Senior Thesis Team.
As an English and Reading Instructional Coach, she is excited to support teachers across the district through ongoing collaboration, observation and curriculum development.
Coming from an engineering background, Felicia found her passion in teaching secondary math. She started her career teaching middle school math at an urban public school in Harlem, NY, where she was captivated by the excitement, challenges and newness that each day brings in the classroom. She then transitioned to teaching high school and eventually moved to California to teach math and engineering at Woodside High School, where she has enjoyed teaching both the high and the low, and everything in between. Besides teaching math and engineering, she has branched out to learn new educational technology strategies both through the district and beyond, become trained as a district professional development speaker, and earned her administrative credential to further learn how to best support students and staff.
As a math instructional coach, she is excited to support her fellow teachers by collaborating, sharing resources, leading workshops, observing, reflecting with and learning alongside them. As a lifelong learner, Felicia hopes to share her positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning with students and teachers alike.
Jim had two careers before joining the world of education. He spent 11 years in the army and resigned in 1992 to pursue a civilian career in sales. He worked in high-tech sales and eventually was training non-technology sales people to sell high-tech parts. This led him to pursue and obtain a masters in education before transitioning into teaching.
Since 2006, Jim has been teaching mathematics at Sequoia High School, focusing on algebra and geometry. He served as the lead for the geometry team, then as an algebra coach. He assisted in the creation and implementation of the algebra readiness two year program. Recently, he has participated with the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and the district math grant (Spotlight on Success) for the implementation of Common Core in the district. He currently teaches at Sequoia and serves as the district lead for Common Core State Standards for Mathematics algebra implementation.
As lover of both literature and writing, literacy has remained Elizabeth's passion throughout her teaching career. She works to instill this same passion in all of her students.
TIPS Vision Statement:
The TIPS program provides new teachers with personalized support that equips them to provide high quality instruction to engage students and foster excellence for the unique student population of SUHSD.
During my 23 years teaching at Woodside I have most enjoyed working with freshmen. I like the challenge inherent in welcoming and guiding ninth graders through their first year of high school as well as the reward of assisting in their exponential growth. Whether in one of my Biology, AIS, Algebra I or AVID I classes, the curiosity, enthusiasm and potential my freshmen students bring with them every day remain the magnets that keep me attracted to teaching.
I have also been fortunate to work closely with many colleagues during my tenure, and it is from these relationships that I have experienced my greatest professional growth. My first team experience was with an inter-disciplinary group that created and sustained the Freshman Houses Program for many years. During that time, I also worked with an intra-district team to develop our district’s original Advanced Integrated Science course. Following that, I partnered with colleagues in the Students Offering Support Program to continue focusing on ninth graders through the Freshman Transition Program. For the past four years, I have teamed with AVID teachers to help hundreds of students get ready for college.
Being a TIPS advisor combines my two favorite aspects of teaching. I am thrilled to be working with “freshman” teachers who bring much excitement, creative ideas and fresh perspective to their new careers.
Ana began at the Sequoia District as an Instructional Associate at Menlo-Atherton High School in 2007. Working with struggling 9th and 10th graders inspired her to pursue her teaching certification, and she quickly transitioned into a teaching role in 2008. Since then, she has taught various levels of 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English; AVID I, II, III, and IV; and Journalism I, II, and III. Ana joined the TIPS team in 2016, where she hopes to provide new teachers with the same outstanding support that she herself received as a TIPS participant.
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