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Alvarado High School

  • Advanced Placement English

  • Responsible for six sections averaging 30 students each

  • Maintain 98% student success rate for standardized exams (STAAR)

  • Strong focus on GAFE tools (Google Apps for Education)

  • Heavy use of Eduphoria's Aware

  • Heavy use of Skyward and Canvas CMS

  • On committees for AVID, district grading policy, and vertical alignment for English

  • Sponsor programming and creative writing clubs

Working on the NAO robot

NAO Robot

When the district's resident programming guru left for another job, I was asked to fill in working with the NAO robot, Koda. We use Koda with the special education department to help students learn in a more interactive environment. Many special education students are nervous about working with new people, and Koda has the ability to immediately put them at rest. Koda can learn their faces, recognize voices, and read them books. He even uses sound effects to make the reading more interesting.

Koda Duties

  • Program the robot in C++ and/or Python using Choregraphe software

  • Take lessons from teachers and program Koda to match them

  • Work one on one with our district Special Ed coordinator

  • Create and participate in presentations to the Alvarado school board and all the Special Ed Coordinators for Texas' Region 11.

Programming Club

Our club focuses mainly on web design and video game design. Together as a team, numerous members entered games into the local TSA competition to compete with other area schools. These two won first place in different categories at their regional meet.


Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Solar Eclipse Summer Camp

GT Duties

  • Attend meetings to manage district GT program

  • Plan and chaparone annual GT field trip to places like NASA and Battleship Park

  • Plan and teach annual GT Summer Camp

  • Plan and participate in annual back-to-school event

  • Manage 118 GT students at Alvarado High School

  • Recruit and manage testing process for new GT applicants

Formal Education

University of Texas at Arlington

BA in English

Early Modern History Minor

University of Texas at Arlington

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society


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