K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Adriana Trejo Sanchez

College/University: California State University Los Angeles
Project Title: IMPACT LA: Improving Minority Partnerships and Access through CISE-related Teaching
Partner School: Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, CA
Degree: B.S. General Math, Masters of Education, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Years Teaching: 9
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Jessica Alvarenga, Johnson Wang

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?

Students have benefited greatly from the use of new relevant activities that involve the fellows’ research as well as mathematical concepts being taught in the class. I will continue to use the lessons already developed throughout the year and modify them for different classes. Students are always more engaged when they have powerful lessons that not only reinforce what they have learned throughout their high school career, but involve other disciplines and introduce them to the possibilities available to them in the STEM fields. Having an engineer in my classroom has opened up a new world to my students and I hope I can continue to encourage and empower my students to believe they can also become scientists or engineers.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

Through this experience I have reinforced the idea that students need to be exposed to all the different possibilities that are out there in order for them to visualize themselves in those positions. Now that my students have had some exposure to the STEM fields they are excited and want to learn more. I have gained new energy to push my students to strive for success and that everything is possible. I have also learned how to use new technology, videos, and the many resources that are available through the GK-12 project and CSULA.