Hello! My name is Mahalia, and I am a California State certified Early Years teacher. Thank you for visiting my website; I hope I can tell you a little about me and my work.
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I have been teaching for a very long time. My mother was a second grade teacher; reading books to her students was my first experience working with children. School has always seemed like a second home to me.
I found my passion for teaching at university. For two years, I worked for the office of Academic English. I tutored international graduate students, helping them correct their pronunciation and prepare for the TOEFL examination. In my junior year, I interned for the Orange County Museum of Art Education Department. I prepared and led tours of the museum, helped lead in our classroom. For two years, I also volunteered for OCMA's monthly Second Sunday program, where we opened the museum to our community.
My entire academic career, I felt the need to give back to my community. I worked on numerous student-initiated outreach programs, and served on the university student funding committee. My peers and I recognized a real need to house our student programs, funding committee, and retention programs under one roof. I helped write a proposal and lobby for this center. Four years later, the SOAR Center became a reality, employing full-time staff members and interns.
In 2013-2014, I went back to school for Early Childhood Education. I student taught for an experimental early years program and a public preschool. I earned my Master Teacher Early Years permit, and intend to apply for an Administrative license.
I have taught first grade in Kuwait and am currently teaching kindergarten in China. I am so thankful to my career as an educator as it has given me the chance to travel, see the world, and meet some really amazing people!
My Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in the power and therapeutic benefits of play.