I have been a grade school teacher since 1997. I have taught 3rd, 4th, 3/4, and 4/5. Most of my years I have taught in schools where the population is mostly English language learners, and the majority of students are eligible for free and reduced meals. I have taught GATE classes, as well as students who qualify for Resource and Special Ed.
I have a tough-love approach to teaching. I would love for the kids to like me, but that's not what I am there for. I have high expectations and want the best from my students, even if that means they are not "the best." It's okay for my students to fail along the way, as long as they learn from their mistakes, and continue to grow and improve.
Realistar & Northern Insurance Unsung Hero Award Winner for my "Improvement Week" program Recipient of the Ben & Jerry's Citizen Cool Award for my "Student Improvement Scholarship Fund" Contributor to "Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul" Placed on "The Wall of Tolerance" Listed in "Who's Who In Education" (60th Diamond Edition) Listed in "Who's Who In American Education" (8th Edition) Created the "April Random Acts of Kindness Challenge"
I received my BA from the University of Santa Barbara in Film Studies. I got my teaching credential from Cal State Northridge.
I am the author of the book, "Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting." I bring my teaching style home to my daughters, and I bring my parenting style to the classroom for my students. I believe children need to fail in order to succeed, that we need to help them find their passions, that we have to model what we expect of them, and that everyone has "excuses", therefore none of us do.