With respect to extracurricular activities, I currently coach boys varsity cross country (going on my seventh season) and advise our technology and fitness & conditioning clubs. I have coached boys varsity volleyball for four seasons and have also advised the chess and Interact clubs for several years. With Interact, I have exposed our students to regional and international service projects and field trips throughout Southern California for years. I have also raised funds through grant donors to take trips to science museums in Los Angeles. Being in Avalon also entails sponsoring entire graduating classes from 7th grade to 12th grade, and my sponsored class graduated last year. It is amazing to watch their growth and still follow their achievements at the college and career levels. I am currently serving as our school’s WASC coordinator, and this is my third year involved with our WASC action plan documents. I help organize and facilitate data analysis for our K-12 school (alongside our Instructional Leadership Team), which includes the school climate data (from our baseline CORE survey, implemented by LBUSD).
The various professional experiences I have faced while teaching in Avalon have tremendously contributed to my growth as an educator. I also realize that this small school environment allows me to learn about the functionality of our school at a faster rate, as there is much greater transparency. The small island community also allows for many community partnerships, which I feel is very unique. I look forward to continuing to develop my professional experience on Catalina Island over the years.