Founder and President of XTRA Weekly (2005-Present); Developed more than 50 curriculum guides for San Diego Unified School District and the Copley Press; Editor/curriculum developer/special projects coordinator for San Diego Unified School District (1980-1992); Community & Public Relations Director/Consultant, The San Diego Union-Tribune (1996-Present); Newspaper In Education Manager for The San Diego Union-Tribune (1992-1996); Adjunct journalism instructor at San Diego State University (1980-1982)
My goal in working with students is to inspire them to become lifelong learners. I engage students by encouraging them to think, write, and speak critically through the use of high-interest, relevant, current news articles from Pulitzer Prize winning newspapers. Recognizing that individuals have different learning styles, I offer a variety of learning activities that students find both challenging and fun.
San Diego Council Literacy Luminary Award (2014); California Literacy Outstanding Service Award (2003); Phi Delta Kappa Citizen of the Year (1998-99); Greater San Diego Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award (1988)
BA, Journalism, San Diego State University; MS, Mass Communications, San Diego State University; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Journalism, University of Mississippi
NONPROFIT BOARD/COMMITTEE SERVICE (Current): University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences Junior Achievement; Classroom of the Future Foundation; San Diego Council on Literacy; Susan G. Komen San Diego