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Welcome to the 2020 - 21 school year!
I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and welcome you to the sixth grade at CMI. This is my 11th year as a teacher and my fourth year teaching at CMI. I love teaching at CMI because I really identify culturally with my students. My parents are Colombian and I was born and raised in New York City. My first language was Spanish and I learned English at school. My love of reading facilitated my grasp of English and enhanced my vocabulary and writing abilities. In my early 20's I proudly served four years in the US Navy. I have a Masters in Education from University of Phoenix.
 
My family consists of three sisters, a strong, loving mother and two beautiful daughters. My oldest daughter is 20 and she is attending Humboldt University. My youngest daughter is 17 and this is her senior year in high school. Some of my favorite activities include cooking (and eating!), reading, dancing, working out, camping and above all traveling. The countries I have visited so far are Colombia, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand and Japan. 
 
This year I am teaching ELA, math 6 and AVID and it is my pleasure to have you in my class. My goal is to instill a love of learning in each and every single one of you. I will be using Canvas throughout the year. It is where you will find all your assignments and links. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. This is the best way to contact me vanessa.patino@puhsd.org     **Hablo espanol**