I graduated in 2006 with a degree in Liberal Arts.
I am one of 60 dance instructors employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and teach special ed and regular students in K-6th grades.
I transferred to CSUDH from El Camino College, along with my wife, as an older student looking to transition from a career in entertainment to a career as an educator, giving back to the community. My Presidential Scholarship afforded me the time to focus on my studies, on making good grades and finishing my degree.
I spoke at the Presidential Scholars dinner, where I had the opportunity to meet other recipients. They were such a diverse and interesting group of people. It showed me that this scholarship and this school are really open to everyone.
Working closely with Professor Mike Ernst, the chair of the Kinesiology and Recreation department, I became involved in the Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) Program which he started at CSUDH. I was able to go out into the classrooms and show teachers how to integrate Physical Education into the curriculum as part of teaching the whole child. That was a great experience.
I still apply what I learned from Professor Ernst, and his philosophy of understanding kids, to the classrooms where I currently teach.