Degrees and Certifications:
National Board Certification Exceptional Needs Specialist Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement from Northern Arizona University Currently pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership with Northern Arizona University
What I am committed to providing Holaway Elementary School students, parents and staff:
Because children are apt to live up to what we believe of them I am committed to providing clear, consistent, and optimistic expectations for every child to promote an enthusiastic and nurturing learning environment. I will have constant and open communication with my Holaway community. Family-teacher collaboration is crucial for student success so I am committed to communicating student progress with parents and working diligently with my Holaway team to ensure our students are making adequate growth in all areas of development. Learning is a lifelong journey so I am dedicated to continuously seeking opportunities for my own growth professionally and personally.
Three things I am working on this school year are:
Increasing my focus on student’s emotional intelligence and cultivating ways for them to be geared with social tools that will impact their lives and future.
Finding balance in order to give my best to all of my many roles-mom, wife, teacher, community member and graduate student.
Growing stronger physically and mentally through meditation, yoga, and Original Strength/kettle bell training.
Recipient of the Teacher Excellence Award from Tucson Values Teachers
National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Exceptional Needs Specialist
I have had the pleasure of working in the realm of education with children, families and various organzations for the last 20 years. These experiences include:
Child and Family Resources, Inc. facilitating groups of at risk youth focusing on building self-esteem, problem solving and social skills.
Pio Decimo Center in Barrio Tucson working with children ages 5-13 in gaining an understanding of our diverse world and the role they play as unique indivduals and constructive contrubuters to society.
Early Childhood Educator at Catalina Methodist Day School where I co-taught an inclusion pre-kindergarten classroom that focused on community based learning.
A quote to live by:
“Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.” ~Henry David Thoreau