University of the Pacific - Doctor of Education - 2022
University of Colorado - Master's Degree, Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy in an urban environment - 2014
San Diego State University - Baccalaureate Degree, Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science - 2007
Spending time with family / reading spy novels / fish-keeping / kayaking
History / Mission Statement:
I am a first generation college graduate. Thinking back, I always seemed to have had a knack for breaking down big concepts and explaining things to people so that they could understand. I remember the joy and personal satisfaction I felt tutoring elementary students and mentoring campers at a sleep-away camp. I have seen firsthand how influential a teacher can be. After all, it was a middle school teacher who believed in my writing and told me I had real talent that fueled my desire to write and to give back to my community as a teacher.
In my over ten years of working in education, I have come full circle. I began my teaching career as a high school social studies teacher in the state of Colorado, where I had the pleasure of working with all grade level students. Now, back home, I work as an English teacher leveraging my Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist license with middle school students. I have come to realize that teaching to the whole child needs to be at the center of everything we do as educators.