Degrees and Certifications:
I grew up in the West Valley neighborhood on the other side of Stevens Creek. I graduated from Homestead High School, went to college, and had a career as a new product program manager for a company manufacturing computers. I learned the importance of creativity, collaboration, achievement, and social-emotional skills.
While working, I volunteered as a tutor and found that brought me a ton of joy. So I decided to become a teacher. It took me a decade to earn my teacher’s credential and Master’s of Education as I was working. I have worked at experiential schools as well as low income schools without finding the right fit. Then I moved to CUSD and found balance. I joined West Valley when the school was rebuilding. I have enjoyed getting to know the families. This year, I have five students with siblings that I have taught in the past. It’s a great feeling to see the “little brothers and sisters” grow into 3rd graders.
My husband, Don and I have two grown daughters, Cristine, Sr. Data Scientist, and Alison, Clinical Trial Operations. Our dog, Mick, keeps us busy with lots of walks. We also love to ski, do yoga, cook, eat, and learn about the world.
My goal is to prepare students as self-sufficient, life-long learners. My Favorite quote is:
Learning is Purposeful. Learning is Social.
Learning is Emotional. Learning is Empowering.
Learning is Representational.
- 5 Learning Principles from Making Learning Visible, by Harvard Educational Group