Hi! I’m Brooke, creator of Literacy in Focus. I have a secondary teaching credential in Language Arts and Social Science as well as a Master’s Degree in Education. I started my teaching career at a high school in South Los Angeles.  To say I hit the ground running is an understatement.  I taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English from a cart that I rolled around campus.  The school, although massive, didn’t have enough classrooms to accommodate all of their teachers.  Suffice it to say, I learned a lot my first year.  I taught at the high school level another year before moving to a charter middle school in Orange County.  As a student, middle school was hell on earth.  As a teacher, I couldn’t get enough.  I was teaching 7th grade World History and 8th grade U.S. History.  I also served as the school’s technology coach. Eventually, with my growing knowledge of the 7th and 8th grade curriculums, I became the History Department Chairperson.  As the years progressed, the number of English learners at our school increased.  Upon request, I was given the opportunity to teach History, Reading, and Language Arts to all levels of language learners.  Soon, I became the Curriculum Manager and English Language Advisor for our school.  

It was during my time spent working with English learners that I grew the most as a teacher.  The provided curriculum didn’t meet the needs of all of my students.  I was constantly creating new material, researching effective strategies, and developing engaging lessons that encouraged critical thinking.  I was determined to create a learning environment where all students could thrive.  Although successful, I was exhausted.  I had spent over a decade giving every ounce of my being to my teaching practice. It was time to make a choice between creating curriculum or teaching.  It was one of the toughest decisions of my life.

Ultimately, I made the decision to leave the classroom and work full-time creating content and material for teachers around the world. I took a leap of faith, and it worked out.  I love what I do.  I enjoy creating captivating resources that meet the needs of all levels of learners.  I strive to create materials that can be differentiated, modified, or scaffolded for a diverse group of students.  

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you are a teacher.  My goal is to serve you and your students to the best of my ability.  I have first-hand knowledge of how important it is to deliver meaningful lessons in a short period of time.  Every second counts. I get it, and I have your back.     

Please feel free to reach out with any questions! I love making new teacher friends! 

Take care,