Degrees and Certifications:
This year I am teaching a 1st/2nd grade combination class and it happens to be my 25th year of teaching. My first year of teaching was in the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District, where I taught 2nd grade. I found my way to Antioch in 1999, and taught at Jack London Elementary for 13 years before joining the Leopard family in 2012.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Petaluma. Growing up in the country was a great experience that influences me today. I have a love for nature/science and sports. I played 3 sports (basketball, volleyball, softball) in high school and went on to play basketball in college. I use what I learned from being on team sports to manage my classroom, to encourage students to always put forth their best effort, and to follow their dreams.
After high school, I went to Chico State and earned a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. After graduating I worked in a preschool, with 2 year olds, in Pt. Reyes Station for one year. I loved the time I spent with the 2 years olds, but I realized I wanted to work with older children. I got my Teaching Credential from Sonoma State, taught for five years and went back and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Hayward.
I currently live in Brentwood with my husband, Kenny, who is a 6th grade teacher in our district. We have 2 daughters, Keely (17) and Brenna (14). I am excited to get "back into the classroom" and start teaching again!!