Teresa Chen
Upper Group

Upper Group (Grades 4-6)

Teresa Chen

Teresa was thrilled to become the new Upper Group teacher at Walden in 2013. She focuses on math and science. Teresa was immediately drawn to Walden because of its constructivist approach to teaching and how art is woven throughout the curriculum. From her previous ten years of teaching experience, she had found that children learn best by doing. She has seen how drawing, writing rhymes, and adding movement makes learning fun for both students and teachers and helps children solidify concepts taught at school.

From 2008 until joining Walden, Teresa taught fourth grade at Archway School, an independent school in Oakland. At Archway, she developed strong relationships with her students and families. Getting to know students is important to be able to relate to them and guide their learning. Students respond best when they know teachers are invested in their world, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Teresa taught fifth grade and middle school social studies at a charter school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She concentrated on building a strong foundation in reading to allow students to have the tools to excel in other areas like math and science. After training at the Teachers’ Academy of Math and Science in Chicago, she taught a fourth grade after-school math and science class at a Chicago public school. Science has been her favorite subject since she was in fourth grade and was put in charge of her class’s recycling efforts.

At Indiana University-Bloomington, Teresa received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She participated in the Overseas Cultural Immersions Program and completed her student teaching in a first/second grade class in Berowra, a small suburb in New South Wales, Australia. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and taking dance classes, cooking and trying new foods, and playing with her cat Shadow.