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LBHS welcomes some unfamiliar faces

Mrs. Rachel

Mrs. Rachel is LBHS’s medical core teacher who now teaches her ROP class during the bell schedule. She has been teaching at numerous high schools and colleges over the past 20 years as a licensed and experienced nurse. 

Q: What is your academic background?

A: “I attended the University of Arizona, majoring in nursing.”

Q: What are you passionate about?
A: “I am passionate about finding a niche for high school students to pursue.”

Q: What do you hope to achieve in your time here?
A: “For students to have an understanding of their culture. Also, for students to have small goals to look forward to and have something to fall back on and still make a living.”

  • Enjoys singing, cooking, and woodworking.

Quotes:

  • “Mrs. Rachel makes the medical core classroom environment fun and educational at the same time.” ~Student Thomas DeBore.
  • “When I heard that [Mrs. Rachel] was coming here, I knew our kids were in for a great year.” ~College and Career Specialist Ann Bergen (colleague quote)
  • “The students at LBHS are beautiful: inside and out.” ~Mrs. Rachel

Ms. Anderson

What classes do you teach? I teach 4 periods of Freshman Global Studies and Skills, and 1 period of Junior U.S. History

What is your academic background?

    1. Where did you go to college? I went to UC Irvine for my full 4 years of undergrad, as well as my masters degree.
    2. What did you major in in college? In undergrad I got 2 degrees, one in Social Policy and Public Service, and one in Education Sciences. My masters degree is a Masters in Teaching
    3. What degrees do you have? 2 bachelors degrees (B.A) and 1 Masters (MAT)

Why did you want to become a teacher in the social studies department? I find the study of people so fascinating, and I wanted to join a field that I got to interact with people and share the things that I find so interesting! I think learning about history and our current world is very important, so I became a social studies teacher. 

What are you passionate about? Empowering people! I feel that knowledge is the tool that we need to take on the world and make a positive impact, and when I teach I feel that I am giving students those important tools! Everything we learn only helps us become better to take on the world. I also have a passion for history. I specifically love the WW2 era; I am actually a WW2 reenactor!

What do you hope to find or get out of a teaching career at LBHS?  I have already found an amazing family! The social science department is amazing. They are wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable. I look forward to getting to know the other departments just as well. 

What do you hope to achieve in your time here? I hope to have a positive impact on my students and create meaningful and productive relationships with my students and the staff.

What is your experience previous to this? I had been an art teacher as well as a Teaching Assistant at UC Irvine where I taught undergraduate students how to conduct social science research in the field.

How long have you taught? This will be my first year teaching officially! I did my student teaching at Huntington Beach High School last year, and now I’m at LBHS.

What do you think of LBHS so far? I love it! There is such a wonderfully positive culture at the school and the students and staff are very hardworking. 

What is your favorite color? Emerald green

What is your favorite food? Mexican food! I have been recommended to go to La Sirena, so that is definitely on my list to try!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ireland! I am a redhead, and there are so few of us, so I would love to see more of us in one place!

  1. What do you think of LBHS so far? I love it! Such a wonderfully positive culture at the school and the students and staff are very hard working.
  2. What is your experience previous to this? I had been an art teacher as well as a Teaching Assistant at UC Irvine where I taught undergraduate students how to conduct social science research in the field.

Hsiao Laoshi

I teach Mandarin I, II, III, and IV Honors this year

I went to a college in Taiwan and majored in Business Mathematics. In the year of 2010, I went to Loyola Marymount University and earned my masters degree in Bilingual Education, emphasis on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. After an unexpected teaching experience at a middle school in 2007, I just realized to be a teacher is my “MISSION/CALLING,” so I started to pursue my teaching career, and nothing could stop me since then! 

I am passionate to be an educator!  When I stand in front of my students, I enjoy interacting and communicating with students in Mandarin as well as inspiring my students to be a lifelong learner! Other than teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching films, and reading.

I truly believe that all students can enjoy acquiring Mandarin! I dream that all my Chinese learners can be confident and feel comfortable to communicate with me in Mandarin no matter where we encounter with each other! All my students are happy and feel proud to speak Mandarin inside and outside of campus.

Prior teaching at LBHS, I taught at Lincoln High School in L.A.. Then I established a new four years Mandarin program at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) during the past four years. I have been teaching Mandarin for 12 years

I have never experienced so many young and potential athletes surround me in my entire life! Particularly, I used to fail all my P.E. exams when I was a high school student! I think all the students here are like Superman and Superwoman to me!

Mademoiselle Carrie

What classes do you teach?

I teach many different levels: French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and AP. 

What is your academic background?

I was born in France, and I was educated in Paris, and I went to college in France- in Paris, in Grenoble, but also in Martineck.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English. When I came here (The United States), I didn’t work for a few years, and I decided to go to The University of California, San Diego extension, and I got my teaching certificate. It is a certificate that allows me to teach in English to speakers other than English.

What are you passionate about?

Going to bed thinking about students, waking up thinking about students and figuring out what I can do to help them and make them grow, but not just in French but as people. This is why I tell kids to come and stand next to me. I teach them to become more confident and make them learn things about themselves that they didn’t know. 

What do you hope to achieve in your time here? 

My goal is to have my students be fluent in French. For example, in French 3 and French 4, I saw just English, and they were not saying things in French. It’s just the fluency. Yes, they are going to make mistakes, but I want them to communicate. I want them to understand the culture when they go to any French speaking country, that they are more open-minded and more aware of the culture so that they are seen as good Americans, basically diplomats. Students need to represent their country in a positive way and kill the bad stereotypes others may have towards Americans. That’s my goal: fluency, love, passion, and being an independent learner and go on with French and other languages. 

What is your experience previous to this?

So far the kids are great. It’s a nice school, different from OSCA. That’s for sure, but the kids are great and so far it’s a lot of work. That’s what I wanted –  I wanted a challenge and so far they are respectful. There are more discipline problems [at LBHS], but that’s a part of the challenge. The kids are very different. At OSCA, the minimum GPA is 2.5. Here, that is not the case; I’m not used to kids having a GPA less than 1. Also, sports here are very different; people here love sports whereas at OSCA it’s all about the arts. Also, [at LBHS we are] more sensitive to things. At OSCA, I could talk about anything. Here, it is different; there are things I shouldn’t talk about.

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