A Founding TREE Teacher.
When Aaron Brock moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2004, it was with the intent of becoming an American Sign Language interpreter – a job he imagined would afford him the time to pursue his passion as a screenwriter. He enrolled in California State University Northridge’s ASL program and promptly changed his major to history. A single class had rekindled his passion for the subject, and he did not consider the repercussions for his career.
After graduating from CSUN with a B.A. in History, Aaron was admitted to UCLA’s TeachLA intern credentialing program, and thrown into the deep end of secondary school teaching. He spent the next eight years as a middle school teacher in Compton Unified School District. There he learned the value, and challenge, of differentiating instruction for students with a wide range of interests and skills levels.
For a few years, Aaron shared his insights in a well-reviewed education blog called “The Future of History” on middleweb.com. Through his writing, he reflected on the challenges, rewards and limitations of teaching large classes in high-needs areas.
In addition to a passion for teaching and social justice, Aaron is a board game enthusiast. He creates original games for the classroom and works on his own projects in his spare time.