About Stephen
My career in education began after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Biophysics in 2012. I joined Teach for America and began teaching 5th grade Math at Rocketship Sí Se Puede Academy in San Jose, California. When I began teaching, I cycled through different models of instruction and I found that, in order to give each student what he or she needs to excel, I needed to integrate more individualized learning opportunities into my Math classroom. I began leveraging technology and online tools to implement blended learning practices. In my current model, students rotate to a Learning Lab where they receive conceptual reinforcement through personalized online programs. Additionally, students engage in station rotations in my class, getting targeted support to reach their individual goals. Within each rotation, students are assigned practice based on their current needs, working on online practice, teacher-selected practice worksheets, or hands-on learning - all designed to give students the practice they need to achieve growth. Through taking an individualized learning approach, I push my students to own their learning and feel proud of their personal academic achievements. In addition to my work as a blended classroom teacher, I also contribute to developing my school network’s STEM curriculum as a teacher leader.