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Mrs. Elizabett Drif

Middle School Science

I was drawn to Resurrection for its mission statement and focus on peace, trust, community and respect for all communities. I felt that this is what I needed as my family and I relocated from the East Bay. I am so thankful and blessed for this community as I have felt immediately welcomed and cared for by the team.

An original Angeleno, I lived in Los Angeles most of my life. I attended Occidental College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. I was on the pre-medical track but decided to engage in a year of service. I found City Year, an Americorps program and was placed in San Antonio as a full-time Algebra I tutor at an underserved high school. Seeing first-hand how much these students struggled through this math class, lit a fire in me. I wanted to help and so I set out to try and fix the predicaments that they faced. I knew that I could make a difference so I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in education.

A year later, I found Teach for America, a teacher credentialing program that partners with under-resourced schools to bring high quality teachers to all students. I was placed in Richmond, CA at a public school. At the same time, I earned my Master’s in Urban Education, Policy & Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

I started teaching middle school science in 2015. As an educator, I instill in my students critical thinking skills, data collection and scientific writing. Most of all, I instill that mistakes are OKAY, that any question is a valid question and that learning is a lifelong process while in a safe and loving learning environment. Engaging students in challenging yet fun and exciting science phenomena is why I love teaching science. At Resurrection, I hope to continue my mission of instilling scientific knowledge and a love for learning.

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