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Mrs. Hancock' bio
I grew-up and attended schools in the northern Orange County city of La Habra, California, graduating from Sonora High School. In 1991, my husband and I moved to Chino and enrolled our eldest child in Anna Borba Fundamental School, she went on to Briggs and then graduated from Don Lugo. Our other two children also entered the fundamental program at Briggs and attended Ayala High School.
I took a different route in my quest to become a teacher. I did not have the opportunity to attend college on a regular basis until my youngest child entered kindergarten. I would drop him off on days I had classes and would pick him up when his class was finished. I was able to complete my undergraduate degree in three years graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Liberal Studies. I completed the requirements for a secondary credential in science and in 2009, I earned my MA in Education from Western Governors University.
I began my teaching career as a substitute teacher for the Chino Valley Unified School District teaching everything from kindergarten all the way through to 12th grade. I was contracted to teach biology at Don Lugo High School and just a few days before the start of my contract was told that I would also be responsible for the school yearbook! Yearbook was a wonderful experience that allowed me the opportunity to be creative and to immerse myself into learning technology. From there I started to see the possibilities to utilizing the computers that I purchased for yearbook in my science classes. Over the last 4 years I developed my biology curriculum to be assessable to the students when they were at home via their home computer.
I have a passion for teaching and instilling in my students the knowledge that everyone can be successful in school. The opportunity to come to the Alternative Education Center had mixed emotions for me. I am so excited to be apart of this new innovative program and yet I will miss my students at Don Lugo and my work with yearbook. I like to think that I haven’t left Don Lugo, I am just working at a different location. I am thrilled to continue to work with Don Lugo students and look forward to working with all of the students taking advantage of our program.