I was raised in Salinas, on the Monterey Peninsula, and I am proud to call Northern California my home. Upon graduating from high school, I moved to San Francisco for college. In 2010, my husband, Jeremy, and I found out we were expecting our first child. We decided to move from San Francisco to San Carlos, drawn to the charming community as well as the excellent schools. Our children, Jack and Margot, begin second grade and kindergarten at White Oaks this fall. Being both a teacher and a parent has helped me realize, to an even greater degree, the importance of making every child who enters my classroom feel safe and special.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from San Francisco State, spending my final year abroad in Bradford, England. While in England, I worked at a primary school which sparked my passion for elementary education. The experience in the classroom led to a change in my career path from social work to teaching. It was at UC Santa Cruz where I received my Master's Degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
It is hard to believe that this fall will mark my seventeenth year teaching. Where has the time gone?! Prior to teaching 4th grade at Arroyo, I taught 3rd grade at Brittan Acres Elementary. Additionally, I taught 1st and 2nd grade at Vallemar Elementary in the Pacifica School District for ten years. Prior to that, I taught first grade at Calabasas Elementary in the Pajaro Valley School District for two years.
- I have enjoyed the career of teaching since 2002.
- My prior teaching experiences include: K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
- My relaxations and passions in life include: Time with my family and friends, being in nature-especially hiking, creatures-all with a slight aversion to smaller creatures that “crunch”, science and art, playing with words, sharing that "ah-ha" or "Woah! That’s cool!" moment.
OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
In our classroom, we promote an atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect. Building a sense of community amongst our students, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, and strengthening growth mindset are central themes in our classrooms. We value cooperation and collaboration with our students, with students' families, and as we work with my colleagues. Great things can happen when we all work together. To achieve our goals, we see ourselves as having many different jobs:
- Teacher as Academic Enthusiast: The root of education is a love of the content. We work hard to make this enthusiasm infectious through all subjects and to foster a love of learning in our students, even those who come to us with little or no interest in school.
- Teacher as Encourager: It's our job to encourage our "team." We provide them with constant motivation to try new things and push them to reach their potential. We realize that learning does not come easily to all students and that we must endow our students with the belief that they can be successful.
- Teacher as Feedback Provider: In order to be successful and confident, students need positive reinforcement. We give our students praise for things they do well and provide extra assistance on skills where they need more help. Each student's journey in our classroom is one of progress and growth.
- Teacher as Learner: Education is constantly changing and shifting the ways in which teachers think. We are never satisfied with what we already know; we strive to continuously learn more and to continuously improve our own teaching.