A Little About Me...
Hi! I am a native Californian and have moved around a little bit. I spent my younger years growing up and attending school in Northridge. I moved to Long Beach in 1994 and lived there for six years. While in Long Beach, I completed a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, with a focus on the use of teacher affect and the positive effects on students and the learning environment. As part of the program, I taught Communications Studies courses at CSULB at night, but during the day, I also taught kindergarten in the Long Beach Unified School District. In 1999, our next adventure took us to San Francisco, where I lived and taught in the San Ramon Valley School District for another six years. In 2005, we decided to move to San Diego. I began working in the Solana Beach School District as a substitute teacher, worked part time at Carmel Creek leveling a reading program for K-4, and was fortunate enough to finish the year working as an administrative assistant in Instructional Services for our district. I currently live in Carlsbad and have with my two amazing "adult" children, Jake and Taylor, and two of the cutest dogs ever, Hinson and Achilles. I can't believe I am starting my 25th year of teaching and over these years, I have taught 6 years in kindergarten, 3 years in second, 6 years in first, and am starting my 10th year teaching 3rd grade. Wow, time flies when you're having fun!
My passion has always been to teach in a child-centered district where we focus on each child as an individual learner and to determine their respective learning needs. And that is exactly the philosophy that Solana Beach School District and I value most! I absolutely love Carmel Creek! After working in three districts in different areas of our state, I can honestly say that Carmel Creek is THE BEST school on Earth! Working together as a school and a community will help our children learn and thrive and to love coming to school every day!
At Carmel Creek we believe...
All students have the right to learn. All teachers have the right to teach.
Therefore all students will...
Make good choices.
Be a problem solver.
All students “get what they need” to have the best learning environment that will encourage them to succeed as an individual. I expect my students to always try their PERSONAL BEST! Keep striving, trying, and you will get where YOU need to be in your own time. You just might not be there YET, but there is always another day to keep trying. Be HAPPY with yourself and CELEBRATE your own accomplishments EVERY DAY!