• Defining Moment in Education

    During high school, I was inspired by several teachers to pursue a career in public education. Two teachers that I specifically remember, Mrs. Harrow and Mr. Bell,  motivated me to become an educator. Mrs. Harrow was a physical education teacher and head volleyball coach who took time to help me grow as an individual and as an athlete. Mr. Bell was a special education teacher and head track coach. He was the kindest teacher and he loved working with young people to help them reach their fullest potential, both in the classroom and on the field.

    I respected and admired these educators for their commitment in teaching young people to become productive and strong individuals. Having experienced firsthand the positive impact a teacher can have on the lives of others, I decided on a career in education.

    Core Educational Beliefs

    • We are all life-long learners: Everyone is intrinsically motivated to learn and inherently aspires to become a thriving individual.
    • Students -- Always First: Decisions are made based on what is best for students.
    • Support Teachers: This mission is the responsibility of leaders in the organization to provide support to teachers so they can carry out the delivery of instruction to students and be empowered as a team to accomplish common goals.
    • Educators: Establish and facilitate a positive culture of learning for all students to receive an excellent education and are prepared for their future.

    Administrative Experience

    • Assistant Principal, Ironwood Ridge High School      July 2010-Present
    • Assistant Principal, La Pine High School                  July 2007-June 2010
    • Dean of Students, La Pine High School                   August 2004-June 2007

    Instructional Experience

    • La Pine High School, La Pine, OR                            August 2001-July 2004
    • Special Education Teacher, Department Chair
    • Brier Terrace Middle School, Brier, WA                  February 2000-August 2000
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Mariner High School, Mukilteo, WA                       September 1991-August 1999
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Physical Education Teacher
    • Hoquiam High School, Hoquiam, WA                    September 1989-August 1991
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Hoquiam Middle School, Hoquiam, WA                 September 1988-August 1989


    Degrees and Certification

    M.Ed - Educational Leadership                                    -  University of Oregan, 2007    

    B.A. - Physical Education/Counseling Psychology    -  Eastern Washington

                                                                                                         University, 1988

    Arizona Principal and SEI, K-12                                   -  Arizona Department of

                                                                                                         Education, 2010

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