Shadrach Pilip-Florea used to design and build houses in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, now he helps build young minds.
Shadrach worked as a Project Manager for an International Real Estate Services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle, before returning to University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to complete his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with a focus on Economic Development. There he discovered his passion for teaching through serving as a Teacher’s Assistant and co-teacher for several courses on urban history and the environment and working for a Californian nonprofit, Generation Water, training youth for employment positions in the clean tech industry.
Shadrach has a lifelong passion for learning and traveling, having visited over 50 countries to date and lived in 8 cities on 3 continents. While finishing his masters degree Shadrach met his amazing future wife, also a teacher, and followed her to Madrid, España where he currently lives and teaches at a private school.
Shadrach is currently seeking a position as a Secondary Social Science Teacher at an International Baccalaureate (IB) school that shares his values.
He loves working with young adults and feel blessed to have stumbled into such a rewarding profession. Shadrach is qualified to teach Economics, History, Political Science, Geography, and the Humanities, as well as professional fields such as Business Management or Project Management–which makes up much of his previous professional experience.
Shadrach believes very strongly that his mission as a teacher is first and foremost to teach students how to think for themselves–in this day and age we are all drowning in information–learning how to define our inquires and then focus our researches matters more than ever.
- Shadrach Pilip Florea Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
- Teaching Philosophy
- Statement of Teaching Values
- Praxis Report – Social Studies
Samples of Teaching Approaches
Below are a few examples drawn from Shadrach’s developing teaching portfolio:
- Complete Unit on China under Mao – This 10-lesson unit was taught to 12th grade IB History class in preparation for their IB exams (Single Party State tract). (Includes all class activities, projects, homework, rubrics, lectures–prezis, etc.).
- What caused the Great Depression? (US History- 10th Grade)
- World War 2: The Pacific War Theatre (World History 11-12th grade)
- “The American Dream” America in the World – Lesson Plan (History & Culture, Grades 11-12)
- An Analysis of Three Economics Lesson Plans on the Troublesome Concept of “Elasticity of Demand” (Economics, Grades 11-12)
- “The Laws of the Indies” Lesson Plan America History & Culture (Grades 11-12)
- The History of Environmental Assessment in Southern California – Lecture From a UCLA undergraduate course co-designed and co-taught.
- Immigration Past and Present, America in the World – Lesson Plan (Grades 10-12)
- The Cities of the Second Revolution – A brief history of the urban form: from Ur to Manchester–with a smattering of trade theory thrown in for good measure; Lecture delivered in a UCLA undergraduate course, History of Urban Political Economy.
- Behavioral Management/Learning Disability Plan – Developed for a fictional troubled middle school student using evidence based approaches.
Relics of Previous Lives (Selected Publications)
- A Critical Analysis of Technological Innovation and Economic Development in Southern California’s Urban Water Reuse and Recycling industry – UCLA Master’s Thesis, 2012
- Hypercities Captures a Revolution, Critical Planning 2012 – An expose on UCLA’s innovative new digital humanities institute, Hypercities.
- Hayden Island: Strategic Resource for a Sustainable Future
- Brewing Power – An article on Sierra Nevada’s innovative clean energy brewery
- Caldera Village – A team effort for the Real Estate Development/Urban Planning ULI Hines Competition. Shadrach has participated in several team entrepreneurial project competitions and believes that they are an excellent form of project based learning that he looks forward to implementing.
- 412 Se 67th – Shadrach used to design and build houses and is very proud to have completed several top notch projects. He has always loved playing with blocks!
“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance” – Will Durant