K-12 Teachers

 

Beatriz Aguilar (’12)

I grew up in Taft, California and I am the oldest of four siblings. I graduated from LMU in 2012 with a degree in Natural Science and I am currently a math teacher at St. Vincent School near downtown Los Angeles. Deciding whether teaching was the right vocation for me was one of my main struggles during my last two years at LMU. Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet many people that shared their passion for STEM education. This allowed me to make the best career choice.

 

Jocelyn Castro (’05)

I received my BS Natural Science, Secondary Biology emphasis and Preliminary Single Subject teaching credential from LMU in 2005. I earned my MA in Science Education from CSUN in 2008 and I am currently attending USC for my MA in School Leadership with a Preliminary Administrative credential. I taught all levels of Biology from AP to College Prep to Collaboration Biology for 9 years at Alhambra High Schools. I also was the Activities Director for two years, as I was in charge of the Associated Student Body. This academic year I will be as Assistant Principal of Student Services at San Gabriel High School.

 

Ryan Grady (’04)

Ryan Grady, a Los Angeles native, graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics.  Ryan’s passion for teaching has always been strong, which has driven him to work with all levels of students, from elementary students to graduate students.  Upon graduation in 2004, Ryan began working at Pilgrim School in downtown Los Angeles, teaching middle school and high school mathematics.  While working at Pilgrim, he continued studying at LMU while working on his Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, which he completed in 2010.  He was instrumental in supporting and transforming the math program at Pilgrim through his work as a CMAST Transformational Leader for several years.  His current projects include launching an integrated STEM program for grades K-12 at Pilgrim, as well as leading efforts to redesign the K-12 mathematics curriculum in light of the new common core standards.

 

Whitney McCormick (’06)

I started my teaching career at the California Science Center where I taught many different subjects to all ages of students.  This is where I developed my love of teaching and my ability to adapt to any situation.  I then moved on to teaching Biology at Alliance, a charter school in South Los Angeles.  I have formed many strong bonds with the students and staff members at my school and was asked to be a mentor through the LAMS program at LMU.  From that opportunity, I am now an Alli instructional coach for new teachers at my school and am also teaching Environmental Science.

 

Kyle Webster  (’07)

I graduated with a degree in biology from LMU in 2007. I received my masters in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado in 2010. I had been in the PhD program at Colorado, but decided to leave with my masters and pursue teaching. For the past two years I taught biology at a private high school in Bakersfield while working on my teaching credential. I was also accepted into the Noyce program as a teaching fellow. I am pursuing a masters in science education at California State University Bakersfield. Next year I will be teaching college preparatory biology and AP biology at Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, a high need school.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn M. Viviano, the director of the Noyce program at (310)338-7828, or send a message to Noyce@lmu.edu.