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I started as a bilingual teacher in PVUSD in 1985, homeschooled my own kids, and have been working at Ocean Alternative to support homeschooling families since 2005. I also teach writing online to homeschoolers all over the world. I'm most passionate about literacy, writing, math, theater, film, and art.

I'm a life-long learner, writer, and artist!


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What we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is... to be guardians of a space that allows students to breathe and be curious and explore the world and be who they are without suffocation.... where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale... where they can take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.
              —Brene Brown


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Semester 1 2019-2020

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Habits of Mind


Education should prepare all young people to deal well with the real challenges of life. It should enable them to deal with tricky situations, learn difficult things, and think clearly and ethically about what matters.


A “Habit of Mind” means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems.




Ocean Alternative Conference Record Time Chunks


The following are the dates for the minimum number of consultant meeting time-periods for the 2019-2020 school year, four each semester, approximately 20-24 student attendance days; some recording periods include holiday breaks, making them span a longer time chunk on the calendar. 

Time Chunks First Semester 

☆Time Chunk #1: August 21—September 24 (two meetings)     

★Time Chunk #2: September 25—October 25 

★Time Chunk #3: October 28—December 6 

☆Time Chunk #4: December 9—January 24   

Time Chunks Second Semester 

☉Time Chunk #5: January 27—February 27 

★Time Chunk #6: February 28—March 30 

★Time Chunk #7: March 31—May 5

                          ☆Time Chunk #8: May 6—June 5                              

What the symbols mean: ☆=Rubrics/Evals/Progress meeting—Bring student work ★=Sample Collection & Student Work—Bring both, with samples ready for collection ☉=I can teach something, or other open-ended ideas—Bring student work

We should meet at least once per time period. Please be sure to schedule* a time for us to meet within each time chunk. Student work should be brought to every meeting.

Student work is essential for reviewing your child’s progress and supporting you and your child. Samples are evidence of your child’s work that is collected for their academic file.

It is your responsibility to bring samples, reviewed by the parent, with the appropriate information written on them. We will review student work at every meeting but samples may not be** collected at all meetings.

*Deb’s Google Calendar let me know if this calendar doesn’t work for you.

**If your child doesn’t attend class days, we will probably do samples every meeting.

For a time period where I am collecting samples, I will need a minimum of one sample per subject area—with the following written on each sample: 

1) student name, first and last (preferably written by the student) 

2) the subject area (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art/Music)

3) teacher (that’s you!) feedback to show that you’ve interacted with the work. 

Please prepare this packet of samples from within the particular time period.

We can use the meeting time in the way that works best for us, maximizing time to review and share what you’ve done, what you’ve noticed or have concerns about, and what you want to take on next. We can also use the time to focus on a particular subject area or skill development and to build relationship and passion for learning.

DEB’s Contact Info:
my cell (831) 334-2584; Ocean Office Phone (831) 475-0767 (personal email) (district email)