Erika Remedios

Erika F. Remedios is a grades 7–8 special education teacher at Jack F. Macy Intermediate, Monterey Park, in the Montebello Unified School District. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She has thirteen years of experience as an education specialist in grades 6–8, and co-taught English language arts and math in a collaborative resource specialist program. She has also taught the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) elective. Erika is a mentor consulting teacher in the district’s Teacher Induction Program, and a fellow of the Los Angeles Writing Project. She is a member of the science and math textbook adoption team, and the environmental science literacy committee. She is passionate about teaching environmental science, with an emphasis on water education, and empowering students to become agents of change by becoming conscious of how our daily lifestyle choices impact our environment.

Erika's stories

Why Does Teaching Science Beyond the Classroom Matter?

As Erika Remedios explains in this essay, teaching science can be so much more than reading a textbook. Students derive more meaning from hands-on activities in nature because they bring concepts to life, making them easier to understand and less distant. What Remedios calls “transactions with nature” are ways to promote collaboration and inspire engagement from students who may otherwise have problems in a traditional classroom setting.