About Ms. Orosco:
I have over 20 years experience teaching middle school mathematics and science. I love working with middle schoolers at Akers. I work with an awesome team of teachers. We work closely together to help all students achieve academic success, but we also really try to get to know our students as individuals with unique personalities and interests.
I was born in Hanford, CA and graduated from Hanford High School. I was an accomplished athlete (softball pitcher), band member, and class salutatorian. I am a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley ( Cal- Go Bears!), and I remain very active as an alumnus and do a lot of outreach for Cal in the Central Valley. I have worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science on the Berkeley campus as well attending National Science Foundation Institutes at NASA Center Dryden, University of Texas in Austin, and University of Wisconsin in Madison. As a 2003 Woodrow Wilson Fellow, I did Genomics Research at the Lawrenceville School outside Princeton, NJ. I am also involved as a GEMS Associate (Great Expectations in Math & Science). In the past, I was a teacher consultant & webmaster for the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project housed at CSU Fresno. In November 2006, I was accepted to the first Google Teacher Academy and spent a day at the Googleplex in Mountain View learning about Google's Tools and their many applications for education. As a Google Certified Teacher, I get to go back to the Googleplex every few years and meet with other teachers and collaborate on ways that we can continue to integrate technology into our curriculum and meet the needs of 21st Century Students. I continue my professional development by reading blogs about my content areas and integrating technology into my classroom as well as attending lectures, workshops, and symposiums on math and science hot topics. Our district sent me to the California Science Teachers Association state conference and to the STEM Symposium. At these conferences, I learned more about the Next Generation Science Standards and what STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) looks like in a middle school classroom. The last few years, my students have piloted for Amplify science curriculum designed at UC Berkeley for the new Next Generation Science Standards. In Spring 2016, I am taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) taught by Dr. Osbourne at Stanford University which focuses on Reading to Learn in Science.