Getting to the source of it all. Along with 25 years of experience in teaching history, Sue brings an expertise to her craft unmatched by few. Sue is currently a lead teacher, designing curriculum that marries entrepreneurial and historical thinking skills that enable students to interpret the implications of events and actions over time. Sue has participated in various professional development opportunities such as Advanced Placement, AVID, and KAGAN. As an instructional leader in the field, Sue has also been a member of the Instructional Lead Teacher team, American History Grant Leadership team, and Fresno State History Project. Additionally, Sue has taken on the role of department chair and mock trial chair at the site level. Her ability to think outside the box, as an innovator teaching history, has enabled her to meet the needs of students as they develop skills as critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Promoting literacy and language as social practice. Lisa brings with her over 15 years of experience in literacy and language development. Lisa is currently a lead teacher, where she guides instructional design and implementation in the field of literacy and English. Prior to joining our team, Lisa trained teachers on the Common Core Standards, supported teachers across the district in curricular planning and implementation, and developed curriculum to support teachers in meeting the needs of struggling readers. She has also served as instructional coach, grant coordinator, and English teacher at both the high school and community college level. Lisa’s extensive knowledge of teaching and professional development, depth of understanding about how students develop literacies and how to support that development, and belief that literacy lives within each discipline has earned her the respect of both her students and professional colleagues alike.