Stories & Experiences

Take a deeper dive into the education and experience offered through the programming of CRLP.

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

-St. Augustine

Humans, as relational beings, are connected through story. Celebrating our educator colleagues through storytelling lifts up examples of growth, self-reflection, and improvement as well as examples of resilience and perseverance. The CRLP at UC San Diego invites you to tuck into our monthly vignettes featuring our regional CRLP Teacher Leaders in order to gain an understanding of the CRLP culture of encouragement. Furthermore, each interview will highlight and bring to life aspects of CRLP’s five core values: Literacy, Equity, Leadership, Community, and Inquiry.

Our hope is that each of these stories will activate your empathy and compassion, your curiosity, and your motivation as an educator. While each entry will vary slightly in focus, all will leave you with something to consider in terms of your own story: a new instructional strategy, an expanded view on literacy, or a fresh outlook on leadership from the classroom. How can the CRLP at UC San Diego support you in those lifelong and ongoing revisions? Read on and find out more. We’re so very glad you’re here.

“I aim to value and celebrate my students’ diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures, creating an inclusive and empowering learning environment.”

Marisa is a transitional kindergarten teacher at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, a Mandarin Immersion Program. Who she is as an educator: Meeting each and every one of my students as individuals who are bringing their whole set of cultural beliefs, language, values, and looking at myself to see how my biases influence my interactions with …

“I aim to value and celebrate my students’ diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures, creating an inclusive and empowering learning environment.” Read More »

“I aim to value and celebrate my students’ diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures, creating an inclusive and empowering learning environment.”

Vesta is a 3rd-grade dual language Spanish teacher at Lilian J. Rice Elementary School in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. She has been a part of the CRLP community since 2020. Why the CRLP? The California Reading and Literature Project provides me with invaluable resources, tools, and a supportive community of educators who share …

“I aim to value and celebrate my students’ diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures, creating an inclusive and empowering learning environment.” Read More »

“If we don’t invest in our students’ emotional well-being then we can never fully access their academic potential.”

Ashley Trzcinski is a mother of two, and her role as a mom has played a significant part in shaping her teaching approach. When she looks at her students, she sees them as someone else’s children, and this perspective drives her desire to be the kind of teacher she hopes her own daughters will have. …

“If we don’t invest in our students’ emotional well-being then we can never fully access their academic potential.” Read More »

“I actively participate in the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) to enhance my teaching, inspire my students, and empower them to become catalysts for positive change. The CRLP is truly progressive. I love the CRLP.

“I actively participate in the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) to enhance my teaching, inspire my students, and empower them to become catalysts for positive change. The CRLP is truly progressive. I love the CRLP. The teacher leaders in the project create a safe space to express what we’re doing in the classroom, what …

“I actively participate in the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) to enhance my teaching, inspire my students, and empower them to become catalysts for positive change. The CRLP is truly progressive. I love the CRLP. Read More »

“My involvement in the CRLP gave me the confidence, the community, the support, and that vital life-line I needed to strive for more, take risks, and reach for my goals and dreams as an educator.”

As an educator, I am known for my ability to cultivate meaningful connections with students, staff, and administrators. To me, the foundation of education lies in building a strong sense of community through authentic relationships. It is this philosophy that guides my work, and I owe it all to the California Reading and Literature Project …

“My involvement in the CRLP gave me the confidence, the community, the support, and that vital life-line I needed to strive for more, take risks, and reach for my goals and dreams as an educator.” Read More »