Mission and Vision

  • My Philosophy

    I love Nelson Mandela's quote about education being the most powerful weapon in the world.  My desire for students is to know that they have the power to determine their future! I believe that when presented with the right opportunities and equipped with the right tools, everyone can succeed at anything they want to.  As a teacher, I hope to provide these opportunities and tools for students.  

    Too many students (and adults) lack confidence in math.   Of course we all have natural strengths and abilities, but strengths and abilities can be developed, including those relating to math. Middle school is a time where students gain mathematical knowledge that lays a foundation for higher level math courses in high school, careers, and college. 

    As a Teacher

    In addition to teaching, I assist administration with assessment and data.  I work closely with county leaders and Escondido High School leaders to ensure SPU students are prepared for high school when they leave SPU.  If you have any questions or concerns about state testing, feel free to ask me.

    I have been teaching for over 15 years and have experience in elementary and middle school.  My strengths are understanding how students think about math, identifying misconceptions they may have, and having a structured but encouraging classroom environment.

    I set my expectations in the classroom high! I expect students to bring their best everyday and respect the learning environment.  This means that students make an effort everyday in every lesson. I value asking questions, thinking critically, being able to think about and analyze your own work, and explaining why we do the things we do.    This year, I will be teaching 7th-8th grade Math and Middle School Forensics.  

    As a Person

    I have lived in Southern California my whole life; I'm a fourth generation Californian!  My family consists of two children, a husband, a fish, and a dog. In our free time, we like to be outdoors riding bikes, hiking, or exploring.  We're lucky to have extended family close by and we get to see them often. Our favorite North County attractions are LegoLand and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Without the kids, I like to spin at CycleBar, rock climb, read, play the flute, and love to watch mystery and survival shows on TV.

Education

  • My Credentials and Experience

    B.A. in Liberal Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University
    Multiple Subject CLAD Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University
    Supplemental Authorization in Mathematics from Point Loma Nazarene University
    M.A. in Teaching and Learning, with an emphasis in Technology,  from Point Loma Nazarene University
    Administrative Credential from San Diego County Office of Education

    Experience teaching grades 4-8 in La Mesa-Spring Valley and San Pasqual Union
    Mathematics Teacher Leader, SD County Office of Education
    Mathematics Coordinator and Coach, San Pasqual Union
    Assessment and Data Coordinator, San Pasqual Union

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