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.