Ms. Brook Wallace

My name is Brook Wallace and I am an English 1 teacher at Leigh High School. I also serve as district's induction coordinator and mentor nine new teachers at sites across the district. This is my 18th year in education.
 
I earned my BA with honors, MA in Education and California single-subject teaching credential from Stanford University. After I graduated with my MA and teaching credential, I was hired to teach English at Westmont High School and have been working in the district ever since. While teaching, I earned my second MA (this time in Educational Leadership) from San Jose State University along with an administrative credential. I also served as an Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) trainer for Santa Clara County for many years and co-created the curriculum for San Jose State’s Early Start program (which prepares entering college freshmen for the reading and writing demands of college). After 12 years in the district, I became a full-time Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), mentoring new teachers and designing professional development for the district. During my time as a TOSA, I completed a 2-year apprenticeship process to be certified as a Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) professional developer. This school year I am excited to be teaching two sections of English 1 at Leigh along with continuing to support CUHSD’s new teachers.
 
Outside of school, I enjoy reading (both fiction and nonfiction), listening to podcasts, hiking, going on adventures, and traveling while spending time with my sons and my three cats. During distance learning, occasionally you may see the cats or my sons in the background. They're all very curious about my English classes.