I am thrilled to be working with Elevated Charter School and directing the launch of this innovative school model. I know that every person can learn, and I view the teacher's role as someone who works to connect with each student's passion and inspire them to seek learning and challenge themselves in pursuit of their interests and ultimately life mission. I believe that parents should be involved in educational choices for their own children, and that the role of public education is to provide quality choices so that every student can find the right fit to maximize learning.
I have been working in education for over 30 years. I have taught every grade from K-12, both in classrooms and online. I have written (and continue to write) curriculum for Literature, Writing, and History. I hold professional licenses for teaching both elementary and secondary (high school). I earned a B.A. in Literature from UC San Diego in 1991, and continued my education to earn 2 Masters Degrees in Education. One MAED focused on classical and liberal arts education, including the history of education and the philosophies and models that have been used over the past 4000 years throughout Western Civilization. My master's thesis for that program evolved into a published book, For the Love of Learning: Giving Your Child a LOLIPOP Education. The other MAED focused on curriculum development and instructional practices, which helped me integrate the philosophies of education with practical applications.
I married my dance partner and best friend in 1996, and we have 3 amazing kids. I homeschooled and charter schooled all 3 of them throughout their K-12 journeys. When I'm not working, I love to read, eat sushi, watch movies, watch musical theater, play board & card games, and go hiking (very leisurely).