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Mr. Morales

My "WHY"

Inspire and influence individuals, teams, and organizations to self-actualize.

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It is my firm belief that effective teaching and learning is embedded on a campus that fosters positive, caring relationships.  Schools that offer a space in which trust is developed among staff members and students will reap the benefits of creating a learning community that exacts excellence from all of its participants. It is in such an atmosphere that teachers collaborate and exchange resources and instructional strategies as an alternative to working in isolation, and students feel that they are part of campus life because they feel cared for and heard.   In addition to being embedded in a positive academic climate, teaching and learning is facilitated by three focal practices. 

The first is developing a cohesive curriculum that  defines what we want students to learn. While the California Department of Education (CDE)specifies content standards by grade level, effective teachers organize the curriculum in a manner that reflects their students' current and post-secondary needs.  

Second, teachers utilize assessment instruments to analyze the individual progress each student is making on the specific curriculum standards. Such assessment tools can be in the form of a common assessment, quiz, or writing sample, but regardless of what is used, teachers consistently strive to understand how each of their students is progressing. More importantly, teachers utilize assessment instruments to guide their instruction.   

The third focal practice of effective teaching and learning is underscored by how we respond when students don’t learn. Effective schools have response systems that quickly provide the opportunity to re-teach and support students having difficulty grasping academic material. Whether it is participating in a support class during the school day or after school tutoring, students need to have a space in which concepts can be reinforced and confidence is rebuilt.    

In the end, effective teaching and learning is facilitated by developing strong relationships among staff and students, and having a cohesive strategy that answers three crucial questions when developing a lesson or unit: What do we want students to learn?; How will we know if they learned?; What will we do if they don’t learn?     

Experience in Education

High School PrincipalSage Creek High School, 2012- Present

 

Middle School Principal, Valley Middle School, 2008-2012

 

Middle School Assistant Principal, Valley Middle School, 2006-2008

 

High School Spanish Teacher, Canyon Crest Academy, 2005-2006

 

Graduate Research AssistantCenter for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UCSD, 2003-2005 

 

Spanish Instructor, UCSD, 2003-2005

 

High School Teacher: AVID, Mathematics, & Spanish, La Costa Canyon and Torrey Pines High School, 1999-2003

 

Football Coach: J. V. Head Coach & Varsity Linebackers, La Costa Canyon High School, 1999-2003

 

Freshman Baseball Coach, La Costa Canyon High School, 2003

Education

  • Administrative Services Credential- National University, 2006
  • M.A. Latin American Studies- UCSD, 2005
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential (Spanish)- National University, 1999
  • B.A. Spanish (Secondary Teaching Emphasis)- CSUSM, 1998
  • Universidad Autonoma de Guadalara (Study Abroad)- 1997
  • Missouri Southern State University - 1995-1997
  • Palomar Community College- 1992-1995

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