University of Southern California 1994-1996, Master of Science, TESL
Thesis: “The Effect of Yoga on the Language Acquisition Capabilities of High School Inner City ESL Students”.
University of North London 1986, Post-Graduate Diploma, Library/Information Studies
Emphasis: Applications of information and communication technologies.
University of California, Los Angeles 1979-1983, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Emphasis: Design of experimental research and holistic health.
Teach ten yoga classes a week. Conduct orientation courses designed for people new to yoga.
Conceptualized and developed Conscious Grieving® to be of service, in a variety of ways, to people of all ages in grief and for those supporting people in grief. Conduct individual consultations, group sessions, workshops and retreats. Create educational materials for both teachers and students. Provide confidential compassionate grieving support, letting go rituals, opportunities for creative expression and appropriate coping skills. Teach grief specific yoga sequences. Support people experiencing grief and loss. Honor the loss of a loved one. Previous Conscious Grieving® consultations: assisted a Gifts of Grief workshop at Esalen; volunteered at Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for youth; provided research on the topic of Grief, Youth and Prevention for My Prevention and led a national webinar: Grief and Loss: A Sensitive Approach to Youth Prevention. www.consciousgrieving.com
IYENGAR INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES (IYILA)
Teach five yoga classes a week, including a youth yoga class. Conduct orientation courses for people new to yoga. Served as Curriculum Coordinator for one year scheduling workshops, developing the class schedule and interfacing with teaching staff. Completed Stephanie Quirk's Asana and Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Teacher's Intensive three year course.
AP PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH, YOGA AND ENGLISH TEACHER/DEPARTMENT CHAIR
BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES SCHOOL DISTRICT
AUGUST 1994-JUNE 2008
Taught AP psychology, health, yoga and English to classes of 45 in several different small learning communities. Developed and implemented a holistic health approach which emphasized preventing illness through physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental health practices. Proposed and implemented the first yoga program for credit in LAUSD. Established and actualized a communicative and thematic based curriculum for ESL and English classes which emphasized free reading and writing. Demonstrated yoga as a form of total physical response (TPR). Discussed health and environmental issues. Provided bilingual and bicultural counseling to Thai and Spanish speaking students. Trained teaching assistants. Served as department chairs for psychology, health and yoga.
Utilized a variety of teaching approaches and materials while adhering to State and District Standards. Modified curriculum to answer the needs of students at different levels of proficiency. Collaborated with other teachers to design and actualize numerous service learning projects. Created community partnerships with Yoga Works and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Activated parent involvement.
Coordinated TUPE and Title IV budget and activities. Managed a $90,000 budget. Facilitated IMPACT groups. Worked with The Healthy School Food Coalition to bring healthy food into schools. Participated in decision-making and developed activities for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit and District 4's Arts Focus Group. Coordinated a recycling program.
ENGLISH TEACHER COLLEGE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
LOS ANGELES, CA
JANUARY - AUGUST 1994
Taught advanced levels of ESL to adult immigrants from various countries. Implemented cross-cultural and life skills programs. Developed numerous field trips. Attended workshops, seminars and the CATESOL conference. Devised and used a variety of teaching materials including multimedia and other real life mediums.
ENGLISH TEACHER/ADVISOR UNITED STATES PEACE CORPS
NAKORN SI THAMMARAT, THAILAND
1989 – 1991
Completed a three-month intensive training program in TEFL, cross-cultural skills, and Thai. Taught EFL to all levels of high school students. Advised and taught EFL to elementary and high school teachers. Created an extensive array of teaching materials. Developed curriculum to stimulate thinking about health, environmental, and global concerns. Planted fruit and nitrogen fixing trees. Organized ESL weekend nature camps and Pen pals in the United States.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT/LECTURER UNIVERSITY OF NORTH LONDON
Analyzed the structure of the provision of information for a British Library funded project. Implemented research in universities, media, industry and business. Conducted and designed interviews and questionnaires. Performed online and manual literature searches. Prepared and wrote reports, articles and a book for publication. Taught several undergraduate courses including a women’s studies class.
Nicholas, Erbach and Paalman, End Users of Online Information Systems: An Analysis London: Mansell Publishing Ltd., 1988.
Nicholas, Pang, Erbach and Paalman, “End Users in Higher Education: The British Experience” British Journal of Academic Librarianship Vol.2, No. 2 Summer 1987, pp 105–126.
Nicholas, Erbach and Paalman “Big Bang: Information Lessons Learnt” Online Review August 1987, Vol.II, No.4, pp 219–239.
Garner, Glenhill, Hewlett and Paalman “Missed Opportunities” Wilpower February 1987, pp 5-6.
“Incorporating Personal Interests into Curriculum Development: Yoga” Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano 1997
Innovative Approaches to Classroom Management” Annual Teachers’ Conference, USC 1996
Yoga for TPR and Language Enhancement” L.A. CATESOL 1995
Peace Corps Fellows as Change Agents” Peace Corps Fellows Convocation 1995
CREDENTIALS AND SKILLS
Professional Clear Teaching Credential-Psychology, Health, English, Physical Education & CLAD
Junior Intermediate III Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Spanish and Thai speaker
Stilt Performer and Costumier