Ms. Downing is a 26 year veteran teacher. She believes that all of us continue to be teachable. She is always a student herself and loves learning new things. She hopes to pass on this love of learning to her own students, so they will be able to adjust and grow in our changing world. Ms. Downings grew up in the Oak Grove School District. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. She has a California General Education Teaching Credential as well as a Special Education Credential, along with additional training in Reading Recovery, Language Acquisition, and Mathematics. She has also received training from the Krause Innovation Center in Digital Teaching, Game Based Learning, NGSS Science Standards, and Project Based Learning. #Merit19 and is a SEAL certified educator. Her mission is to validate student identity, to affirm their gifts and talents, and to build trust and rapport in order for students to become life long, independent learners who create transformational change in this world.