Degrees and Certifications:
I grew up here in Sunnyvale. I attended CMS and Fremont High School. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 and my Teaching Credential from CSU Northridge in 1995. I began teaching in elementary school and then switched to middle school when my husband's job had us move in the middle of the school year. There aren't many teaching positions open in January and the job I found was in 7th grade. Although I originally planned to return to elementary teaching at the end of that year (I missed my 2nd graders!), I found that I couldn't tear myself away from the middle school kids and all of the enthusiastic energy they bring to their learning. I decided that I really enjoyed teaching science and went on to complete my Subject Matter Authorization to teach single subject science to middle school students.