Spotlight on CalTeach/MAST
Delgel Pabalan graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2010, majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis on microbiology and biotechnology. She worked as a quality lab technician for Campbell Soup Supply before returning to UC Davis to earn her teaching credential. She student-taught at Westmore Oaks Elementary and River City High School and now teaches at Tracy High School. She teaches all levels of biology, including Advanced Biology and IB Biology. It was her experience as a tutor at Modesto Junior College and her experience as an intern in the CalTeach/Math and Science Teaching (MAST) Program that solidified her desire to become a teacher. Ms. Pabalan greatly credits her Robert Noyce Scholarship for allowing her to pursue her career as a teacher. She strongly believes in maintaining relationships with the people and organization that helped her become a teacher including her former UC Davis professors, the CalTeach/MAST program, and the Biology Education to Careers (BETC) program. Her teaching philosophy includes the use of collaboration, inquiry, and modeling, which led her to partner with Milwaukee School of Engineering's Center of BioMolecular Modeling. Ms. Pabalan presented two workshops at the 2016 Western Regional Noyce Conference about the use of models as an instructional tool in learning biological content.