Hello! I am a Clairemont local and a High Tech High alum! Last year I jumped at the opportunity of opening a brand new High Tech school, in my very own neighborhood! I have just completed my first year teaching Kindergarten at High Tech Elementary Mesa. I consider myself an enthusiast of project based learning, and feel that it merges particularly well with Play Based Learning in the Kindergarten setting. This program helped me develop important practices as an educator. It supported me in becoming a more culturally responsive teacher, who urges students to discover meaning and value in their own identity as well as the identities of their peers. Additionally, it guided me to incorporates Universal Design for Learning strategies which work to engage and support all types of learners. I am thankful for my experience and time spent with my cohort!