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About Mr. Balderas
I was born in Los Angeles, moved to Palm Springs, and eventually settling in Corona, in the Inland Empire area. My family has a rich history in Southern California. My family were some of the first to live here permanently in Alta California in the 17th century under the Spanish and Mexican governments in the Rancho system. My great grandfather signed the California Constitution.
Both my parents are both retired teachers. My mom recently retired as a Kindergarten teacher, having taught over 35 years. At one point I worked with my Mom as a teacher at her school! My Dad is a retired High School Administrator, having retired after 40 years in Education. Several my aunts are teachers as well.
I attended University of California, Riverside and graduated with a degree in Political Science with Pi Sigma Alpha Honors. After attending California State Fullerton after graduating from UCR, I received my Teaching Credential at Cal Baptist University in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA.
I later completed a graduate degree with the University of Central Missouri in May 2016. I received a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Curriculum/Instruction with a 4.0 GPA.
I have two cats, Socks and Taffy. Taffy is a big cat! She is 16 pounds! In my spare time enjoy snowboarding in the winter, traveling to exciting places, reading good books, and hanging out with my friends and family.
Interesting facts: I have traveled to Europe, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. I have been to 14 states in the United States. I have a black belt in Karate as well!
I will be going into my 10th year of teaching. I have taught in the Corona-Norco Unified School district in Corona, CA for 5 years. There I taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Sixth Grade, and as an Intervention Specialist. I trained other teachers in the district in intervention support strategies for students.
I have taught grades four and five in the Los Angeles Unified School District during the 2014-2015 year. I also lead multiple workshops for teachers on Problem Based Learning Projects for students throughout the year for teachers in the district as a teacher leader.
This is my fourth year at PLN CMS teaching Math and Science for 6th grade. I am excited to work with an amazing staff and amazing organization that puts students and families first!
My Teaching Philosophy and Role as Teacher
I always believe that students should be in charge of their own learning. I am a strong advocate of hands-on, student led-learning. I like to have a classroom in which students are engaged, have meaningful activities, and enjoy coming to school. I like to play music, have students up and moving, and students actively discussing with partners and groups. My classroom is rarely a quiet place! All my activities are aligned to Common Core standards
As a teacher, it is my position to create an environment that is safe, accessible, and enjoyable for all my students to learn in. I want my students to enjoy coming to class, feel comfortable expressing their viewpoints and perspectives with others, and be engaged in activities that are Common Core based. It is my role to prepare your students for high school, college, and beyond.
It is an honor to welcome you and your students to my classroom!