From her experiences planning community service projects and working in low-income schools of all age levels throughout southern California, Natalie discovered her passion for education and fostering a love of learning in her students. Her management experiences in education and social work non-profits also developed a strong sense of organization and efficiency in her classroom.
While working in low-income schools, Natalie had the opportunity to interact with students of different grade levels and diverse communities. Her Spanish major allowed her to better support and understand her students’ academic needs while simultaneously helping her students better communicate in English. Appreciating the value of learning different languages and cultures, she is on her way to becoming certified in bilingual (Spanish/English) classrooms.
Currently she is a 3rd grade teacher at KIPP Iluminar Academy in East Los Angeles. In her free time, she is an online tutor for homeless children with School on Wheels, Inc. and builds homes in Tijuana, Mexico for underserved families with Corazon, Inc. She also loves hiking, long distance running, and learning more languages.
The purpose of this blog is to share the lessons and knowledge she has accumulated over the years in education, learning languages and other areas. Similarly she looks forward to learning from her blog readers and followers. Learn more about Natalie and her current and past professional experiences below. Also add her on LinkedIn and Pinterest!
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. -C. S. Lewis