BRADLEY DOUGLAS UPSHAW

General Education K-8

Tarzana, California

 

Total years as a classroom teacher: 33

 

EDUCATION

Santa Monica College                           SB 1969 Credential Renewal                             2000

California State University Northridge   Teaching Credential Program                            1990

San Diego State University                   Applied Bachelor of Arts/Theatre Arts               1980

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1985 to Present             2nd and 3rd Grade, Vanalden Avenue Elementary School

Los Angeles Unified School District

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

1987 to Present             81 Video in the Classroom Awards- KLCS TV/LAUSD

1988 to 2006                Lifetime Achievement/Judging Coordinator- California Student Media Festival

1998                            Excellence as a Distinguished Educator- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

2017                            Teacher of the Year Finalist- Encino Chamber of Commerce

 

 

  • Upshaw is proud to tell people what he does: “I am filled with purpose and joy every day. My particular skill set matches perfectly with my tasks as a teacher. Inspiring everyone on my campus to self-improve is all part of the job. Every interaction I have with every student is an opportunity to build trust and set higher expectations for what is possible.”

 

  • Upshaw believes that “Teaching is storytelling. I try to find the essential. I do not want to be boring. I do not want to turn off their curiosity and sense of wonder. There has to be a reason to come to school every day. I want students to know that something great is going to happen and they don’t want to miss it. Let’s be smarter and nicer than we were yesterday.”