Degrees and Certifications:
It's hard to believe that this is my 19th year as a Portal Penguin and our 25th year as a school... time sure does fly when you are having fun!
I feel blessed to be able to teach at such an amazing school with a dedicated staff and supportive parents, not to mention all the enthusiastic little penguins that keep me on my toes.
A little about me...
After graduating from the University of Illinois, I moved to the Bay Area to teach at Portal. My family is all back in the Midwest so we are frequently traveling back to visit during school breaks, holidays and the summer. My sister, Jessica and brother-in-law, Brandon have two boys, Aiden and Colten, and they are growing up much too fast! My brother, Andrew, and my parents are also in Illinois and I have aunts, uncles, lots of cousins + kids and my grandmother all in Wisconsin.
My husband, Naveen, and I live in Cupertino with our two girls, Keira and Akemi. I am happy to have won the CUSD lottery as I am now both a mom and a teacher at Portal! It's wonderful to be able to share this amazing school and staff with my daughters! Keira is a fourth grader and Akemi is in second grade.
Being a teacher is a privilege. I'm excited to be starting a new school year with your children and know that we will have lots of fun learning together. I work with a wonderful team of dedicated humans. We all agree that as important as reading, writing and math are, today our children need to have a growth mindset and the ability to communicate with each other.
With your support this will be an amazing year for all of us!
Welcome to our Penguin Family!