General Education K-8

Tarzana, California


Total years as a classroom teacher: 33



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



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

Los Angeles Unified School District



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.”