I have lived in Northern CA since I was 7 years old and currently work in the district I graduated from. My mom, whom I was very close to, passed away 5 years ago, but my father and the rest of my immediate family (two brothers, a niece, and nephew) still reside nearby. I live with Robert (my spouse) and spend time with my 23-year-old stepson when we can.
I have a passion for teaching, American History, reading, music, and old (1930s - 50s) movies.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership. I hold an Autism Certificate and am Nationally Board Certified. I value education and believe that learning is a lifelong process that we should all enjoy. I taught second grade for 6 years and have been teaching third for the last 9 years, the last 6 as a 1:1 class. This is my third year as an Instructional Specialist (team teaching third grade and assisting other teachers in instructional strategies, lesson plans, and presenting professional development for the third grade teachers in our district). I am excited about sharing this adventure with you!
I come from a family of teachers. Both my parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncle were teachers. It is in my genes! I grew up in Northern California in the Sacramento area, where both of my parents taught. I have two adult daughters, a son in high school and two beautiful grandchildren.
As an adult, I moved to Solano County and began teaching in Fairfield Unified School District in 1998. Most of my career has been in 4th and 5th grade, however, I have taught K, 1st, 2nd and have been working as a 50% 3rd grade 1:1 teacher, 50% Instructional Specialist for the last three years. I love teaching all subjects, however, I have developed a love for math instruction and it has become my passion.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing (I was convinced I wasn't going to become a teacher) and my teaching credential from Brandman University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education; Curriculum and Instruction. Every opportunity that I am given, I am eager to learn something new!