This is my 12th year teaching Elementary School in Chula Vista. What do I love about it? The kids, of course! I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade most of my career, but I have experience working with children in all ages groups. Prior to becoming an educator, I worked for DASH and many summer camps through the South Bay YMCA.
I am originally from Western New York State–definitely NOT NYC (although many people assume this when I mention New York). I am from a small, rural town outside of Rochester, NY. I thoroughly enjoyed growing up in the countryside, exploring nature in my backyard and while camping. I first came to San Diego during Spring break in college to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity through Roots & Shoots, a volunteer organization I was President of while in college. I fell in love with San Diego, and have been here since graduating in May of 2003.
As a lifelong learner, I am constantly pushing myself to grow and improve professionally and personally. I love to read and a future goal of mine is to become an author. In order to reach that goal, I plan on attending San Diego Area Writer’s Workshop next summer for ten days to become a Writing Fellow.
My wife Danielle and I have one son, Tristan. He just turned 8 months old. He is our pride and joy. 🙂 We also have a blue nose pit bull named Moose. He is the “toddler” in the family (even though he is around 8 years old) and constantly pushes the limits. I am sure you will hear many Moose stories as the year progresses!
Please check out my blog at: https://camarena504.weebly.com
This blog space is my main hub for storing math videos that will allow you to support your child in understanding the myriad of math strategies and concepts we will be going over in 2nd grade.
I am looking forward to a fun year full of growth and learning in Room 504!