I am a curious person. Whether traveling the world with my husband and two children, designing a charter school, or researching how students learn, curiosity drives me to test the status quo, listen to others' ideas, and actively explore opportunities to ignite the learning process with innovation. Curiosity led me from the legal profession to education when I was recruited to serve as the room mom for my daughter's Kindergarten class. I earned a master's degree in cross-cultural education and was soon teaching students to wonder and question, guess and test assumptions, and transform their classrooms to labs of innovation where curiosity took them beyond the confines of their textbooks. I have since earned a doctoral degree in Education Leadership.
As as school administrator, my leadership style embraces democracy in learning, exploration of knowledge in a student-centered model where individual learning styles, interests, and skills are essential elements of instructional and curriculum design. Alta Vista's vision to inspire confidence, engage critical thinking, and encourage collaboration in developing the life-long love of learning is a perfect match to my own educational philosophy. Since joining the team in the fall of 2016, it has been my joy and honor to work with this dynamic learning community, guiding the evolution of our historic school site to the forefront of educational excellence.
I am happy to be a teacher here at Alta Vista Community Charter School. My two decades of teaching experience includes preschool all the way to 8th grade! Originally from Los Altos, I taught in Cupertino for 9 years. After moving to Auburn, I taught at Bowman Charter School, Green Hills in Granite Bay, Sierra Hills and Weimar in the Placer Hills School District before finding a home at Alta Vista where I've taught since the fall of 2014.
When I'm not working or hanging out with my daughter, Hannah, I enjoy the outdoors: camping, kayaking, hiking, and riding my bike. I stay active with the community through Hannah’s school, sports, dance school, Auburn Ski Club, and helping at school and community events.
I bring positive, enthusiastic and creative energy to the classroom to meet the needs of all my students. Expectations are set high, but the support and tools are provided for all my students to be successful. I believe in developing well-rounded students. This means we work on academics, responsibility, social skills, and we also have fun in and out of the classroom.
I've been teaching since 2010 and joined Alta Vista as its third grade teacher in the fall of 2015. In 2019, I moved to the fifth grade. Teaching gives me the opportunity to facilitate learning in a student centered, project-based learning environment. I teach lessons which place strong emphasis on cross curricular learning activities. I earned a Liberal Studies Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento, and have held a multiple-subject teaching credential since 2007, with supplemental authorizations in Science, English, and Social Studies. I love the small community feel of our school and community, leading me to purchase a house in Auburn. My favorite part of living in the community where I teach is running into my students and their families outside of school. See you on campus!