TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

UCCI TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

We work with a lot of teachers here at UCCI – at the Institutes and in the UCCI Teacher Exchange – and what always strikes us is how creative, innovative, and smart California teachers are. We thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to let others know about some of the truly awesome work teachers are doing in their schools and in their classrooms?” And so we do just that, every month in our UCCI e-newsletter, in a feature we call, "Teacher Spotlight." We archive every installment of the Teacher Spotlight here on this page.

May 15, 2017
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Kelly Moncure
This month the spotlight is on Kelly Moncure, Photography Teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School. Read more...
March 9, 2017
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Jonathan Schwartz
This month the spotlight is on Jonathan Schwartz, Math/Woodshop/CNC Teacher at Colfax High School. Read more...
February 13, 2017
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Jeramie Oliveira
This month the spotlight is on Jeramie Oliveira, Math Instructor/Math Department Chair at Simi Valley High School. Jeramie is also listed in our UCCI Course Teacher DirectoryRead more...
November 14, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Erica Harbison
Erica Harbison is a Biomedical Careers Academy Coordinator and English Teacher at Lawndale High School.  Read more...
October 3, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Erica Ramirez
Erica Ramirez is an English Teacher at Community Health Advocates School (CHAS), Augustus F. Hawkins High School School District.  Read more...
September 12, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Chuck Felice
Chuck Felice is a Construction Technology Teacher at Salinas Union High School District.  Read more...
August 1, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Marcie Grill
Marcie Grill, Ed.D. is the Director and Principal at Rio Valley Charter School.  Read more...
May 9, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Doreidy Sandoval
Doreidy Sandoval teaches Spanish II, Spanish II Fluent and Spanish IV at the Patient Care Health Careers Academy. Read more... 
April 4, 2016
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Anya Gurholt
Anya Gurholt is the College & Career Pathway Coach at Skyline High, Oakland Unified School District. Read more...
March 14, 2016
Introducing UCCI Certified Facilitators!
Certified UCCI Facilitators are qualified individuals certified to provide trainings and facilitation in the area of integrated course development. Read more...
February 8, 2016
Josh Reyman, ABLE Charter High School
Josh chatted with us about the importance of asking questions, and his love for water and plants... Read more...
January 19, 2016
Trudi Perkins, Augustus F. Hawkins High School
We chatted with Trudi about her current role at Augustus F. Hawkins High School and her non-profit educational scholarship foundation.  Read more...
December 7, 2015
Donna Wyatt, Oakland Unified School District
We spoke with Donna about her role at Oakland USD and her love of travel.  Read more...
October 19, 2015
Tameka McGlawn, ConnectEd
We spoke with Tameka about her current role at ConnectEd and her interest in education reform.  Read more...
September 14, 2015
Joyce Foss, Quartz High School
We recently chatted with Joyce about what inspired her to become a teacher, her involvement with the UCCI programs and her love of singing! Read more...
August 17, 2015
Rebecca Guerrero, Rancho Cucamonga High School
We spoke with Rebecca about her experiences as a teacher, her involvement with the UCCI programs and her love of all things Disney! Read more...
July 13, 2015
David Yeroshek, Foothill High School
We recently chatted with David about his experience as a "deckplate" engineer and how his father inspired him to became a teacher. Read more...
June 1, 2015
Ellen Byron, Placer County Office of Education
We recently spoke with Ellen about her background in Engineering and what fueled her passion in becoming a teacher. Read more...
April 20, 2015
John Pellman, Pleasant Grove High School
We recently chatted with John about his background in theater and his experiences as a Digital Media teacher. Read more...
March 23, 2015
Carla Crow, Moreno Valley Regional Learning Center
We recently spoke with Carla about her experiences in the healthcare industry, what changes she's seen and experienced and how she feels about the current HSMT curriculum. Read more...
February 23, 2015
Kristi Leonard, South Tahoe High School
We recently did a Google Hangout with Kristi Leonard to discuss the development of the UCCI Da Vinci Algebra course and her experience teaching this course. Read more...
January 26, 2015
Dane White, JessaLee Goehring, Matt Patton

Agriculture teachers Dane White of Galt High School, JessaLee Goehring of Lodi High, and Matt Patton of Elk Grove talk about designing integrated agriculture courses to serve students better. Read more...

October 30, 2014

Darrell Wildt

Darrell’s knack for blending curricula in this way has led to a passion for and commitment to teaching integrated courses. Read more...

September 30, 2014
Lynn McConville

Lynn's passion is teaching, and her fundamental belief is that integrated curriculum provides a well-rounded education for students. Read more...

August 25, 2014
Mena Abdo
Mena has found that the best way to reach students is by helping them see the value in what he is trying to teach them, and for him, integrated curriculum makes that value transparent. Read more...
July 28, 2014
Dr. Oghwa Ladner

Dr. Oghwa Ladner, a Teacher on Special Assignment in Secondary Mathematics at Hillcrest High School in the Alvord Union School District, says her work is driven by a desire to serve. As Oghwa sees it, successful teachers have three elements driving them:  "Compassion, passion, and perseverance." Read more...

May 1, 2014
Gregory Duran and Colleagues in San Ramon Valley Unified

Gregory Duran, teacher on special assignment in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and his colleagues, math teachers Matt Cooley, Kenon Willis, David Andzejewski and Colin O'Haire, find that computer programming and math concepts are a natural subject pairing for integration. Read more...

April 2, 2014
Andre Hargunani

Andre Hargunani, the principal of the Critical Design and Gaming School at Augustus Hawkins High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, believes preparing students to work in the video and computer fields just makes sense. Read more ...

Feb. 18, 2014
Tomas Ribota

Tomas Ribota was new to teaching when he participated in his first UCCI Institute, but the former Tracy police officer immediately understood the value of integrated curriculum. He hadn't encountered integrated curriculum before, he says, but “once I was there, I thought, 'Oh yeah, this makes sense.'”  Read more ...

Jan. 22, 2014
Willene Biere

Willene Biere is a teacher and the director of the Business Academy at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, where she has taught for 17 years. Start chatting with Willie about education, and pretty soon you'll hear the phrase “aha moment.” Students who take the UCCI course Integrated Marketing and English at Canyon Springs, for example, regularly have aha moments in Wilie's business classes. Read more ...

Dec. 11,  2013
John Dewey

John Dewey has taught modern languages for 20 years and currently teaches Research Methods to high school seniors as well as serving as a school administrator at Garden Street Academy in Santa Barbara. John has a doctorate in Education and his research focus is organizational theory, with a particular focus on examining teacher team dynamics. John took part as a developer at the Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes, working on a team that integrated Spanish 3 with the Patient Care pathway of Health Science and Medical Technology. Read more ...

Oct. 21, 2013
Jan Barber-Doyle

Jan Barber-Doyle teaches at Bell Gardens High School in the Montebello Unified School District. She and her colleagues–Patty Jimenez, Mitchell Paik and Elizabeth Lowe–applied for and received one of our UCCI Pathways Grants, which we were able to offer with expanded program funding in the 2012-13 fiscal year. With the grant, the Bell Gardens team concentrated on a four-year sequence of courses in Environmental Science built around the UCCI course Biological Energy Links to Energy and EnvironmentRead more ...

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“I've gained more from this institute in regards to curriculum development than any other program I've been associated with in my 12 years of teaching.” 

- Aaron Lemos, Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes


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