I chose Humboldt State University for a variety of reasons; academics, athletics, location but most importantly its reputation as a great teacher preparatory school. I consider teaching to be the most important activity we engage in throughout our lives and the chance to work with students is the most rewarding part of my professional life. My experiences at Humboldt, both as an undergraduate in History-Social Science and as a Credential Candidate, helped make the transition to teaching in my own classroom smooth and fluid.
Since my graduation in 2011 from the credential program I spent a year substitute teaching on the north coast and coaching football at College of the Redwoods. In 2012 I had the opportunity to accept a teaching job in the Central Valley at Lemoore High School. What a great school with an even more supportive community, the students are truly a joy to teach and brighten every day I have the opportunity to engage with them. The past year has been a whirlwind of firsts and excitement, but always being able to refer to the knowledge I attained while at Humboldt made this first year teachers life much easier!
I cannot say enough about my time, experiences, or the professors at Humboldt (a BIG
shout out to Chris Haynes, Joe Leaper, Suzanne Pasztor, Gayle Olson-Raymer, Thomas Mays & Dakota Hamilton) but I can say that I am proud to be an alum of an institution with a tradition of producing excellent teachers and innovators. GO JACKS