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Ms. Totam Dao

Ms. Dao teaches 9th and 10th grade English, as well as Puente, for the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Academy at Muir. She started teaching at Muir in 2014.  She also just begun as the yearbook teacher this 2018/2019 school year.  Ms. Dao earned her BA in English from UC Berkeley, her M.Ed in Teaching, and her teaching credential for English Language Arts from USC.  Ms. Dao's family is originally from Vietnam.  After the fall of Saigon in 1975, her family tried escaping Vietnam by boat, but were kicked off the boat. Finally, in 1985, her parents and two older brothers were sponsored to come to the United States.  She and her younger brother were born here.  When applying to work at John Muir, Ms. Dao did her research.  She discovered it sounded a lot like the high school she went to and that really appealed to her.