Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Specialization: Entry-Level Accounting B.A. in Business Administration M.A. in Teaching Education Specialist Instruction Credential
Mr. James De Leo
Hi, my name is Mr. De Leo, and I'm from Santa Ana, CA. The schools I attended in Santa Ana were Washington Elementary School (K-4th Grade), Jim Thorpe Fundamental Elementary School (5th Grade), MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School, and Saddleback High School (Class of 2007). After graduating from high school, I attended Orange Coast College (OCC) majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Entry-Level Accounting, and then transferred to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in General Management. After a couple of years working in the corporate world, I decided to go back to school to become a Mathematics teacher. So, I attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, and then completed my Education Specialist Instruction Credential in Mild/Moderate disabilities at National University. Some of my hobbies include baking, cooking, shopping, gymnastics, and spending time with my family. One interesting fact about me is that I currently own over 200 pairs of shoes.
Why I decided to become a Math Teacher
Growing up, I was always fascinated with learning inside and outside of school. In particular, I was most interested in learning mathematics. Why math, though? Well, I see life like mathematics. Meaning life is full of complex puzzles and there are many ways to solve each one. I believe the skills you learn in math can help you solve problems and understand concepts in real-world scenarios. As a math teacher, I want to teach my students how to understand and apply math to the real world and help them understand the significance of math in the real world. I believe math and all other subjects at a secondary level are important because they can enhance your learning experience by challenging you with more complex information. Furthermore, they can expose you to information and skills you may use as an adult and bolster your work and learning habits that you will practice upon entering college or even when you enter the workforce. My goal is to provide my students with as much knowledge as I can and help them succeed.