Aloha! Здравствуйте!
I am truly honored to be a part of the Rancho team! I have been teaching various grade levels of high school and middle school English since 2008, first in the Los Angeles Unified School District, briefly out of state in Portland, Oregon, and then in Long Beach Unified. I did my undergraduate studies at New York University and the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and I earned my teaching credential in English from Cal State Long Beach in 2011. I am also certified to teach introductory Russian having lived and worked in the former Soviet Union as a journalist during the ruble collapse of 1998.
I was born and raised on the island of Maui (Hawaii) and am proud to say that my family goes back generations in the islands. I love the diversity (and climate) of Southern California and marvel at the educational opportunities available here. The world is an exciting and dynamic place where new and fascinating things happen every day. I am looking forward to sharing my curiosity and understanding of it with you.
If YOU ARE A PARENT: I can include you on the Google Classroom pages so that you can see what your child is learning. Please email me at mburger@ggusd.us and I will set you up to see our Google Classroom. 
I look forward to a wonderful, productive, and educational year!