I grew up next to a Navy base in the Mojave Desert surrounded by mines, sidewinders, F-18 jets and a lot of sunshine. I attended San Diego State University and California State University Bakersfield where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies and Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate.
My teaching adventure began as a 4th-grade teacher in the migrant community of Lamont, California. During this time I developed a passion for underrepresented populations in gifted and talented programs. After moving to Colorado and spending one year as a fourth-grade teacher I moved to Coronado Hills as an English as a Second Language instructor. In 2011 I began teaching 3rd grade. In addition, am the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and co-facilitator of Engineering Club. In 2018 I earned my Master's Degree in Special Education: Gifted and Talented from the University of Northern Colorado. During the summer I teach engineering at the Summer Enrichment Program at UNC.
My son is currently serving aboard the USS Florida in the Navy as a torpedoman. In the fraction of time, I am not working to enhance the learning of the brilliant kids in room 216a I am usually working to creating an autonomous house, programming robots, playing video games, reading, writing, or plotting how to integrate Lego bricks and kittens into the classroom.