Sequoia High School
Octavio Rodríguez teaches ninth-grade science at Sequoia High School in the Sequoia Union High
School District (SUHSD), Redwood City. He received a Bachelor's in Aquatic Biology from the
University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990 and a Master's in Education and a Life Science
teaching credential in 1994 from Stanford University. His work to bring engaging, authentic, and
appropriately rigorous science education to all students earned him the SUHSD Teacher of the Year
Award in 1998. He is especially passionate to teach English Language Learners and students with
below grade level academic skill.
From 2001-2009, he worked for the Gene Connection program in San Mateo County. In addition to
teacher training and biotechnology lab tech support, he also mentored teachers in their classrooms
during their first two years of implementing labs and the accompanying computer and web-based
resources. He is experienced working with pre-service science teachers, including serving as a
mentor teacher; teaching the Science Curriculum and Instruction course at San Francisco State
University (2006-7 academic year); leading the science section for the Language Policy and Practice
course at Stanford University (2009-12); and teaching the Science Methods and other related courses
while serving as the Teacher-in-Residence at San Jose State University (2012-14).
Rodríguez joined CalTAC in 2015.