Room 8 - Teacher Information

Karla De La Cruz

Sra. De La Cruz, 3rd Grade Spanish

Contact Information

[email protected]

About Me

After earning my BS in Liberal Studies from CSULA in 2005, I entered the education world to explore my passion for teaching. In addition to my primary job functions, I am currently completing my MS in EdTech (May 2022- CSUF). I was certificated in Applied Linguistics in 2012 (UCLA), and am a Certified CA State Court Interpreter (2013 - 2016). Born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, I am currently residing in south OC. I am an avid marathon runner. As a family we enjoy camping, kayaking, skiing, and hiking.

Instructional Program, Focus, & Goals

My goal is ensuring that our students receive a rigorous yet supportive instructional program in English and Spanish. Throughout the year, our classroom will practice Restorative Circles once a week to build a supportive culture for all students. Moreover, this year we are incorporating goal setting to cultivate a mastery orientation. Studies show that students do better when they feel in control of their learning. Robert Marzano's (2019) review of research, for example, finds goal setting can produce student learning gains of between 18 to 41 percentile points. Goal setting help students focus on specific outcomes, encourage them to seek academic challenges, and make clear the connection between immediate tasks and future accomplishments.

 

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