I am proud to be the principal of Wilson K-8. I am grateful to serve the students, families, and staff in this wonderful community.
I am also a proud Arizona Wildcat, having attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate studies and Northern Arizona University for my Master's program.
Defining Moment in Education
At an early age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I had the privilege of teaching for fifteen years and now, as I reflect back on my career as a teacher, I believe that I may have learned far more from my students than they ever learned from me. I formed lifelong relationships, and if a student was in my care, they became my student for life. Also, I learned that building a strong classroom community where learning is exciting and each student is loved, engaged, and empowered is critical to achieving academic excellence.
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe in the power of education to transform lives. I believe that education is THE ANSWER and that it can rid our world of so many ills, like poverty, hatred, apathy, and violence. I believe that learning is a choice and that whether or not you are a young person or a grown adult, choosing to be a learner is a life-long commitment to becoming a better version of yourself. I believe that all students deserve an incredible school experience. I believe that school should be a joyful place and students should be given personalized learning opportunties to meet their individual needs in order to reach their fullest potential. I believe that student success is ALL of our responsibility.
My heart is in K-8 education. Prior to becoming a principal, I was a middle school teacher at Booth-Fickett K-8 Math Science Magnet School and Wilson K-8. After leaving the classroom, I became an assistant principal at Coronado K-8 and then the principal of La Cima Middle School. I'm proud to say that the 2019-20 school year will be my twenty-first year to serve in Amphitheater Public Schools and my twenty-eighth in public education.