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Brandi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2004

I enjoy supporting students in building skills to navigate the world, always with transparency, humility and joy. I love learning new things and taking on challenges. I am currently living in Mexico and learning Spanish. A sense of humor, patience and positivity continue to help me learn. I keep a firm hold on my learner identity while teaching. My training was completed through a Masters in Education program at UCLA and I am certified to teach Multiple Subjects in the states of CA and NY.

I am passionate about empowering students and identifying ways to meet individual needs and increase engagement. I have spent the past 14 years working with kids and adults in and out of classrooms in CA and NYC, with diverse needs and strengths, across content areas.

I employ a student-centered and responsive approach that includes learning about the student and what real world contexts are meaningful to them. When students are aware of the choices at their disposal in how to meet their needs and problem solve, they are empowered and engaged. I support students in developing specific, personal mini-goals and checking for understanding in multiple ways. We work to develop various entry points for understanding and give attention to the process (not just the product) and a means for recognizing their own growth in understanding.

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Experience

Online Test Prep and Academic Tutor
Nov 2018 - Present
Catalyst Prep

Online Teacher
Oct 2018 - Present
Outschool

Private Tutor
Sep 2011 - Apr 2018
N/A

Reading Comprehension, Study Skills, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, ESL

Teacher (Grade 5)
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
Community Roots Charter School

Multiple Subjects, Inclusive Setting

Program Admin; Professional Development and Admin Coord. TR@TC
Oct 2011 - Jul 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University

Teacher training and research based professional development for teachers, mentors and supervisors

Founding Co-Teacher
Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
Community Roots Charter School

Inclusive Classroom Teacher Grades K,1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Education

M.Ed. - Education
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005
University of California Los Angeles
B.A.- Sociology
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
University of California San Diego

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

TESOL
May 2010
LinguaEdge

Professional Credential Childhood Education Grades 1-6
Sep 2007
New York State Department of Education

Multiple Subjects

Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential, Grades K-6
Oct 2005
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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