Degrees and Certifications:
Commission on Teacher Credentialing - Internship Credential Brandman University - Master of Arts in Teaching with Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate Credential - In Progress Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA -B.M. Music Business and Management Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
Hello and Welcome!
My name is Amy Cembellin, and I am a K-1 (kindergarten and first grade) Mild/Moderate SDC teacher at Rancho Las Positas Elementary School. Students call me Mrs. Cembellin (pronounced /sem/ /buh/ /lin/) or Mrs. C! :) I live in Pleasanton with my family: Doug (fiance), Buddha (dog), Zeus (dog), Topaz (cat), Fodor (fish), and Sucker (algae eater)! Doug and I enjoy hiking; We thru-hiked 1,500 beautiful and diverse miles of the Pacific Crest Trail...a trail that travels from Mexico-California-Oregon-Washington-Canada! Movies, popcorn, the Dairy ice-cream, and relaxing at the lake are some of our favorite things!
A little about my experience working with children and youth:
My love for working with children began in 2005 in Rockwall, TX, where I taught children from ages 2 to 12 years old at my parent's daycare center, Rainbow's End Child Development Center. I spent most of my time there as a teacher in the 3- to 4-year-old classroom.
From there, I completed my undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, majoring in Music Business Management, and minoring in Voice (I love playing music and singing with the kiddos!). Upon graduating in 2011, I worked as a tour manager for the next few years and taught piano, voice, and figure skating lessons on the side... something that has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old! One of my favorite aspects of teaching figure skating was getting to assistant coach for the Texas Roadrunners, a Special Olympics figure skating team. One of my students had the best Spread Eagle (something I always struggled to learn, myself), and he ended up teaching me how to do it!
Since 2011, I have lived in Southern California and now, in Northern California. I worked as a Behavioral Therapist for California Psychcare for 4 years, providing 1:1 ABA Therapy and Adaptive Living Skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school, and community settings. I really enjoyed collaborating with the support team (families, educators, supervisors, specialists, etc) to find creative ways using evidence-based strategies to promote growth and well-being in each individual. During this time, I met Doug and began contracting with his company called uCamps, a performing arts summer camp he has owned and operated for over 17 years. When we in met 2012, I was invited to be a workshop leader in the music department for his program. I have had the privilege of teaching choir, musical theater (singing), open-music, and rockband at numerous summer camps for ages 7-19 and fall retreats for middle and high school students. Music is a passion of mine that offers many benefits. I strive to share music with my students often!
During the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, I provided support in a mild/mod SDC classroom in Pleasanton as a teacher's assistant. I loved my time in the classroom, getting to know students, supporting their needs, and working to remove barriers so they could achieve to their fullest potential. This is when I knew I wanted to become an Education Specialist, and I have been working diligently to grow and develop into the best teacher I can be for my students. It is important to me to continuously monitor and evaluate my teaching strategies, knowledge, skills, implementations, and how I communicate and collaborate with others in order to grow as a person and as a teacher. I also believe the ability to work with those who hold the closest relationships to my students is a key asset in teaching to each individual's needs and unique learning styles. "Teamwork equals dreamwork!" -John Maxwell