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Mark Gudani Locker
7/23/18 11:29 PM
7/23/18 11:34 PM
7/23/18 11:29 PM
7/23/18 11:35 PM

Mark Gudani


This fall I will be starting my second year at Venice High School.  I look forward to a great year teaching incoming freshmen as well as seniors preparing for their life after high school.  Teaching is an amazing opportunity to have a positive impact on the future, and I can’t wait to get started.  


I received my teaching credential through the Single-Subject Credential Program at California State University, Long Beach.  Through this program, I had the invaluable experience of student-teaching at McBride High School where I taught three 9th grade English classes.  I continue to visit McBride to see how much my former students have grown.  Time sure goes by fast, but seeing the maturity and growth in students is priceless.


My passion for teaching English Language Arts was cultivated at Long Beach State where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education.  I had incredible professors and engaging classes for which I’m grateful because they helped me discover the joy in the teaching. 


I had different job experiences before finally realizing that teaching English at the secondary level is where I truly want to be.  Out of high school, unsure of what to major in, I worked as an assistant volleyball coach while taking classes at El Camino College.  I love sports and I couldn’t have asked for a better first job than to be in the gym day in and day out and helping high school athletes learn and improve their skills.  After, I worked as an aide for a physical therapy clinic in Torrance.  Working with rehabilitating patients helped me discover how much I enjoy assisting people in their quest to self-improvement and recovery.  Life then took me to an international language company in Redondo Beach where I taught English to foreign exchange students from all over the globe.  This was my first real experience in a classroom, and it helped me hone my communication skills especially with folks who do not fully speak the same language as I do. 


J.D. Salinger’s words perfectly capture how I feel about teaching.  He says, “Someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."  I’m glad that someday is now, and I look forward to experience this reciprocal arrangement with my students this year.



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