What is your educational background?
I completed my Associate Degree majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. I then completed my Bachelor Degree with honors, majoring in Education with a specialty in Child Development. I am currently working toward my Master Degree in Education.
Where are you from?
I lived and went to school in many different areas across the U.S., however, my family moved to the Kern River Valley when I entered the 9th grade. I graduated from here in 1996 but moved away shortly after. When my children were little, we moved back to the KRV because my husband and I liked the idea of having the lake, river, and mountains near were we raised our two boys.
List five adjectives that describe yourself.
Honest, determined, dependable, inspired, and dedicated.
When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
When I first entered the education field, it was for the sole purpose of having the same schedule as my boys. My previous employment was that of management in retail and worked nights, weekends and holidays for the first 5 years of their lives. I wanted to be able to spend quality time with them before they were too old to want to hang out with mom. When we relocated to the KRV, I started to work for Kernville USD as an activity leader in H.O.P.E, then as a paraprofessional at Wallace Elementary. After a few years, I realized that what I was doing was making a difference in the lives of the students that I helped care for, and I truly enjoyed what I was doing. In 2014, I decided to go back to school to finish my AA, and two degrees later, here I am helping to shapes the future leaders of the world. What could be more inspiring?
What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
I love to teach reading because once a child learns to read, the whole world opens to them, and the possibilities are endless.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
I think the biggest challenge that students face today is the poor choice of role models that are being overly glamorized by the media and TV programming. Even programs that are designed for children often have characters that portray undesirable characteristics that go unchecked throughout the broadcast. It is crucial that caretakers limit the amount of screen time that children receive and increase other family activities that help the child learn social-emotional skills and how to appropriately interact with others.
What do you hope to learn from your students this year?
I hope to learn how to take time to enjoy the little things in life more. To fully appreciate each and every small gain achieved not only by myself, but my students, family, and colleagues. I also want to thank the KRV for allowing the opportunity to share in your children’s’ journey to greatness.