Phone: (951) 695-4200 ext. 722
Degrees and Certifications:
Master in Special Education, GCU Bachelors in Psychology, SDSU
Ms. Christa Rudd
Welcome! My name is Christa Rudd. I am honored to be a member of the Chaparall faculty since 2016. As a Special Education teacher at Chaparral, I have taught English 10 Concepts, US History Concepts, World History Concepts, Pre-Algebra, Algebra Extended C/D. This year, I am happy to be teaching English 10 Concepts once more and will be the case mamager for 10th and 11th graders.
My interest in Special Education began as a young graduate of San Diego State University where I was hired as a Behavior Specialist at a middle school in San Diego. I provided academic and behavior support to students within a Special Day Class specifically designed to assist Severely Emotionally Disturbed students, which focused primarily on behavior modification. Using the bachelor's degree I earned in psychology as my primary resource to provide services to my students, it quickly became clear to me that Special Education was where I belonged. However, motherhood soon took a front seat to my career, and as a result, after a few years in special education, I decided to be a mother full time.
After having 2 children and a 10-year career as a Stay-at-Home Mom, I felt the need to return to the workforce and the world of education. Following my very first job interview in over 10 years, I was hired as an Instructional Assistant in the Resource program at La Vorgna Elementary School. And it didn't take long for my love of special education to be re-ignited! It was then I made the decision to pursue my Master's degree in Special Education.
My Teaching Philosophy
I am proud to say my first teaching position was offered to me here at Chaparral, and I am beyond happy to continue to be a member of the Puma family for my 3rd consecutive year as a Special Education teacher, and my 2nd consecutive year as a Resource teacher!
My teaching philosophy, while focused on a student's individual academic needs, is primarily intended to prepare my students for a world beyond Chaparral High School. My ultimate goal as your student's teacher is to provide them with tools and strategies that will help them realize their full potential in order to reach their goals and become independent, responsible, successful adults beyond the walls of Chaparral High.
My teaching philosophy's foundation is based on developing a student's independence and accountability while fostering a motivated mindset that promotes both self-determination and self-advocacy. It is my firm belief that it is with these qualities that students reach their fullest potential and are able to maximize their personal successes. Therefore, it is a primary goal of mine, as their teacher and/or case carrier, to teach my students to pursue their goals, both academic or otherwise, with a positive attitude that focuses on effort, accountability, responsibility, and independence.
Accompanying the self-determination philosophy, I strongly believe in developing meaningful relationships with each one of my students and their families. It is with respect and understanding that we, together; you, the student and I, are able to work towards your student's individual needs and goals. I often incorporate humor and personal stories into my interactions with students, and welcome the same from them, as I believe creating a fun, safe, and welcoming learning environment is just as paramount to academic growth, as is fostering a solid teacher/student relationship based on shared goals and mutual respect.
Developing as a Professional Educator
It is important that I am constantly evaluating myself as an educator. This means reflecting upon my lessons, teaching strategies, and relationships with my students. This requires an in-depth look at my own strengths and weaknesses. With that in mind, using my strengths as a team player and collaborator, my ability to build relationships and develop a meaningful rapport with my students, utilizing effective classroom management strategies, and remaining flexible in adapting to challenging situations all help me continuously develop my skills and knowledge as an educator. With that being said there are always areas of improvement, and as a newer teacher, I look forward to perfecting my instructional strategies, differentiation techniques, and planning in order to provide the best education to my students. My constant self-evaluation helps me to sustain the desire to always be the best teacher I can be. In addition, staying connected to my students helps me always remember why I chose to be a special education teacher and pushes me to pursue my passion, which is to teach and inspire.
Here's to a great year!