I’ve served in K-12 education for over 30 years mostly as a teacher in grades K-6. My assignments have included inner-city schools in San Francisco, an affluent high-performing school near Stanford, a school for military dependents on Treasure Island Naval Station (in the middle of the San Francisco Bay) and rural schools in northern California. I’m currently an intervention specialist working with elementary kids who are challenged with learning disabilities.
I work mostly with underachieving students who have not responded to conventional teaching methods and are often functioning several years below grade level. I enjoy rekindling their interest in learning by using innovative strategies and techniques that I am continuously developing and refining. My interactive, multimedia lessons focus on troublesome areas of the curriculum that present special challenges to both general and special education students.
I once earned a first place award in a culinary arts competition in San Francisco (Senior Olympics of Practical Cookery) sponsored by the National Restaurant Association. My “shining teacher moment” occurred when one of my fifth grade students first heard his younger sister read aloud—it brought tears to his eyes. It was especially emotional for the boy because his sister had previously experienced considerable difficulty learning to read. I was deeply touched by the close connection that these siblings shared and the profound effect that I had on them, as their teacher.
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Specialist Instruction Credential-Physically Handicapped, BS University of California, Berkeley (Entomology) MA San Francisco State University (Special Education), MA San Francisco State University (Educational Administration), Ed.D University of San Francisco (Organizational Leadership)
I enjoy reading about pedagogy and new developments in learning theory, keeping live invertebrates in the classroom and traveling abroad. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, photography and collecting unusual insects.