My name is Christian Martin. I am the new sixth grade teacher at Stephen Hawking 2 STEAM Charter School. I received a bachelor of arts in political science and a multiple subject teaching credential from San Diego State University. I have worked with children in various settings and across a wide range of demographics. I went into education because of the impact certain teachers had on me as a child. This impact is summed up by the words of a lecturing educator I recently heard, "You will always remember how a teacher made you feel." To this end, I aim to treat my students with respect, understanding, and compassion, and to endow them with the confidence to believe in themselves. I am honored to be working in this community, which is much like the one I grew up in.
When I am not teaching, or cultivating lesson plans, I enjoy traveling, surfing, sailing, learning about other cultures and languages, and the outdoors. I hope my students remember me as the zany teacher that made them feel welcomed and valued, that believed in them incessantly, that always seemed to incorporate academics into any conversation, that respected them, and that motivated them to want to learn!
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Ms. Anne Barnes
Hello Rockets! My name is Anne Barnes and I am a fifth-grade teacher at Hawking STEAM Charter 2. I am a San Diego native (Go Padres)! I enjoy camping, watching college basketball (Go Zags!), cooking, and traveling to new places. Traveling to different countries has provided me with experience with teaching English Language Learners. I have taught English in Italy, Mexico, and most recently, Japan.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University and obtained my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego, along with my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My style of teaching involves project-based activities, technology, and "Changemaking" (making a positive impact on the world). I hope to empower my students to embrace new challenges, motivate them to think critically and encourage their freedom of expression in the classroom. My goal for the upcoming school year is to foster collaboration in the classroom. Every student has something different to offer and I am excited to help the students facilitate community building.
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Ms. Griselda Garcia
My name is Griselda Garcia and it is my pleasure to be joining the amazing sixth-grade team here at Hawking! I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education (MEd) from the University of California, San Diego. This is my 6th year teaching, but I have prior years of experience in the education field as an after-school program assistant and volunteer. When not teaching, you can find me running through the streets of San Diego with my run club, eating at some amazing places, or on the trails.
I am very excited to be joining the Hawking team because of their focus on S.T.E.A.M. During my interview I was asked, "what does S.T.E.A.M. mean to you?" To answer that question, I had to journey back to my college experience as an engineering major. I chose engineering as my major because I have always had a passion for math and hands-on projects. What we learned was interesting, but I always felt very alone as one of the few Latinas in the engineering field so I decided to change majors. This was not a decision I regret because it put me on the path to become a teacher. Now that I teach, I make S.T.E.A.M. a big part of my curriculum by including hands-on, project-based lessons. I also advocate strongly for the inclusion of more females of color in the S.T.E.A.M. field because to me S.T.E.A.M. means thinking critically, passion, and inclusion.
Ask, "how will they learn best?" not "can they learn?"