2005-Present Murrieta Valley USD, Teacher, Grades 6th-8th Thompson Middle School: Language Arts, Speech/Drama, Advanced Theater 1984-2005 Long Beach USD, Teacher, Grades 8th-12th Hamilton Middle School: Language Arts, English Second Language (ESL) Franklin Middle School: ESL, Chapter One Language Lab, Language Arts Polytechnic High School: Chapter One Language Lab, Health Education, Language Arts, Special Education Mild to Moderate, Continuation High School Polytechnic High School: Activities Director, Summer School Vice Principal
No labels, just love and understanding in every lesson to inspire a life-time love for learning and a work-ethic which I believe propel students to a successful future. Middle school students have a long way to go on the educational journey so, as I use Common Core standards of instruction employing technology to modernize the classroom; I also seize every creative opportunity to make each day a celebration of learning. With only a few hours with hundreds of minds, every second counts and every person is important. I have high expectations for every scholar and champion in my classroom and teach all my students. Focus and reach for no small dreams! I believe that each student is gifted with unlimited potential for success in any chosen area. A strong teacher can make learning so delicious that success is the only option, and I ensure that no one fails on my watch. I will find a way or make one. I embrace every possible tool from the high-tech to those made of cardboard. I encourage students to forget the wounds of failure but to remember what they learned from those experiences, as our challenges are opportunities for growth. In my classroom you would see a student centered environment, movement, problem solving, collaborative groups, awareness of community and you would hear a lot of noise. The thing we all need the most is each other. I believe the New Orleans Saints came back and won a Super Bowl because they stuck together, overcame hardships of Hurricane Katrina, rebuilt their stadium, and operated as a team. By supporting each other, we achieve the best students, schools, districts, and communities. There is not a problem in the universe that cannot be solved if we work together, and my philosophy is grounded in the belief that there is no greater gift we can give our children than a stellar education.
CA Activities Director of the Year (1991); Most Inspirational Teacher and Teacher of the Year 2013 Thompson Middle School; Murrieta Valley Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2014; Riverside County Teacher of the Year 2015.
2004 Doctor of World Religions, Emerson Institute, Oakhurst, CA 1995 Supplemental Credential, Health Science, California State University, Long Beach 1990 Master of Science in Education, School Management and Administration, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1984 Teaching Credential, Single Subject, English, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1983 Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications/ English, CSULB with Minor in Dance
I came from a family of teachers and war veterans. As Great Depression survivors, my parents knew that education was the key to survival. “Get an education and you will never go hungry,” Dad would say. My father was a walking Google Chrome who skipped two grades and read a book a night, but, for me, school was hard. Dyslexic, I had to study many long hours in grade school just to earn C’s. This experience forged my fundamental belief that “every child can and will learn.” Love and wisdom are what my parents and early education gave me. While working as a classroom aide for an elementary school, I earned my college degrees. During summers, I worked for parks and recreation programs in the inner city. These jobs inspired me. I loved kids so I wanted more than anything in the world to be a teacher. My life’s purpose became helping every child to love learning and experience a rich education. After my own education and career, I married and had two children now grown I struggle to try to help fund their college education. Thirty years ago, my master teacher, Mrs. Kruse, repeated Shakespeare’s panacea to me, “To Thine Own Self Be True,” as she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” for LAUSD. I found this to be so during the first classes I taught at Audubon Middle School and Bell Gardens High School for the LAUSD, where I was awarded Student Teacher of the Year. I hit the ground running, teaching at the same middle and high schools I had attended, striving to make learning spectacular for all my students. My career picked up steam; I received recognition as California High School Activities Director of the Year. At Polytechnic High School my day started at 6am at the pool with the swim team; continued with my leadership classes and overseeing campus clubs, school programs, and various community events; ending with cheerleaders and the sound of marching band drums at football games. Next an offer came to become Vice Principal at two Long Beach High Schools where I had successfully served as summer school V.P. I refused and instead chose to step up and teach. The classroom is my home; my students are my family. Daily I get to walk to work as my house literally is on the same street as my middle school. I have taught ESL; Mild to Moderate Special Education; Language/Computer Lab for Chapter One; Continuation High School; 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English and 10th grade Health Education. During summers, I conducted workshops for college-bound students at Claremont, Western State, Babson, and Colby colleges. Currently, I teach 8th grade Language Arts; 6th-8th grade Speech/ Drama and Advanced Theater at Thompson Middle School in Murrieta USD. I serve on three Professional Learning Committees for Language Arts, Theater and School Electives. Working over thirty years in education, I have enjoyed every job. However, I find no place more purposeful than the classroom where I proudly remain today.