Joel A. Rodriguez
Last updated:2015-05-06
Nationality:American Position:English Teacher

Education background:

Cal State Northridge   Northridge,CA Teacher Credentialing Program 2009 - Present

Completion of student teaching at middle school and high schoollevel.

Passage of the CBEST and single subject CSET examinations.

University of California LosAngeles, Westwood:CA  Bachelor of Arts Degree-History 2007 – 2009

Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen:CA Associate of Arts Degree-History 2003 – 2007

Alexander Hamilton Academy of Music, Culver City:CA Diploma 1999 – 2003

Electronic Music Ensemble-Performance and composition Jazz Ensemble-Performer

“Well, my time here has been nothing short of extraordinary.  The things I have experienced can not be put into words, but the one thing that I do want to point out is the level of hospitality I received from everyone one I encountered.  This is particularly true of the parents we met at the GreatChina office. The parents perhaps showed me the greatest amount of hospitality I have ever received.  To them I am eternally thankful.

Two things stand out for me in terms of my teaching experience.  The first was a field trip my entire school took to the Panda Sanctuary.  It was not so much seeing the pandas that made the trip so much fun, but it was being able to spend time with the students outside of the classroom setting.  When
you take a student out of the classroom, their true personalities tend to shine.  It was fun walking around with them and having conversations to the best of our abilities.  It is one thing to teach a group of students, it is another to be able to just hang out with them.

Secondly has to be the festivities that were held on Children's Day.  For my part, I was asked to put on a play using the students from my English Club. We practiced for nearly two months, and I know by the end, the kids were tired, but on the day of their performance, they absolutely shined.  More importantly, they looked to be having fun while they did it.  Seeing a body of work come to fruition is a reward on which no monetary value can be placed.

As for my personal experiences here, they are many.  The friends I have made here are ones that I hope to keep for the rest of my life.  Trips to the Giant Buddha of Leshan, picking strawberries in Hejiang, and judging debates in Chongqing, are just a few of the memories that I will carry for the rest of my life.”
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