Hello! My name is Alma Diaz-Camacho and I am a Dual-Immersion kindergarten teacher. This year will be my first year teaching at Manzanita Charter School. I am very excited to start the new school year!
I was born in Mexico City; however I was raised in a small town near Zacapu, Michoacán. At the age of 10 my family immigrated to the United States. I have lived in Santa Maria for the last 20 years and I love living in this area.
I have been married for twelve years to my wonderful husband, Oscar. It is thanks to his support and my eagerness that I was able to make my dream of a college education a reality.
I attended Allan Hancock College for about 5 years while working full time to complete my general education. I then transferred to Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies in March 2008. I continued to attend Cal-Poly as a graduate student in their rigorous teaching credential program. I completed the program in March 2009 and became certified as a bilingual teacher. I did my first student teaching service at Mary Buren Elementary School in Guadalupe, where this summer I worked as a kindergarten teacher. I also had the great opportunity to do my last quarter of student teaching service at Pacheco Elementary, a Dual Immersion School in San Luis Obispo. During my time at Pacheco I was able to experience first hand the great benefits of a dual-immersion and the positive learning environment this type of program provides. This is why I feel extremely lucky and honored to be working here at Manzanita.
I look forward to the beginning of a wonderful school year full of learning and fun! I also look forward to working closely with parents to make kindergarten a great experience for their children.
College begins in Kindergarten!