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Kayla Rizzo

English 1 Teacher

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About Me

Educational History:

I graduated from Caddo Mills High School in Caddo Mills, Texas in 2006.

I graduated from an undergraduate program at University of Phoenix in 2014.

I graduated with distinction from a graduate program at Capella University in 2017.

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Psychology

Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Forensic Psychology

I’m certified to teach 7-12 ELA and have supplemental ESL certification.

Professional Development:

I have attend many professional development (PD) opportunities here at Dayton ISD, including new technology PD. I’ve attended various other writing and reading workshops to find new methods of reaching our kids in ELA.

My favorite PD so far has been 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. 

Current Position:

I started teaching at Dayton High School in 2018. This is my second year at the high school and with the district. I teach freshmen English!

Previous Position:

Prior to working at Dayton, I worked at an autism clinic as a registered behavior technician (behavior/life skills teacher) with kids age 2-9. My experiences prior to the clinic have been working in mental health. I’ve worked with people of all ages with varying mental illnesses and disabilities. My experience in the mental health field has helped me become more culturally aware and understanding of the difficulties and issues many of my students may be struggling with.

Family Information:

I engaged to a man who works for Houston ISD. 

I have three boys, ages 13, 8, and 4.  My 8 and 4 year old boys attend Dayton ISD schools.

Personal Information:

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family. 

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