I got my start in teaching early on, as an avid babysitter who invented games and scavenger hunts and took my young charges on field trips around San Diego, where I grew up. By the time college rolled around, I could see a clear choice for my career. My first teaching position was in a Chinese middle school in Hong Kong. I stayed for three years, teaching English, travelling throughout Asia, struggling for fluency in Chinese and learning far more from my students than they likely learned from me. I returned home and spent 5 years working as a bilingual teacher in an elementary school near the U.S.border in San Diego. When I started a family, I moved to San Diego’s north county and taught in a multi-age 2/3rd grade classroom for several years before moving to Colorado in 2006. After three years teaching sixth grade at Shepardson elementary here in Fort Collins, I moved to Lincoln in 2009. and in June 2017. I celebrated 30 years in teaching. I am still convinced it is the best job on the planet!
I earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, along with a Multi Subject Teaching Credential and a Bilingual Certificate of Competence in Spanish. After teaching for many years, I returned to school at University of Phoenix to earn a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
I absolutely enjoy young people and feel that students are the very best part of my job. I like to laugh, learn, and explore new things with them, and to hear their unique and developing perspectives on our world. I could imagine doing other jobs, but I could not imagine any job that didn't involve being in touch with young people every day
Choosing a favorite book is like trying to decide which of my two children I love best.... igt simply can't be done. That being said, some of my all time favorites are The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and Cien Anos de Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I love being outdoors and enjoying camping, hiking and cycling in all months of the year, though snowshoeing in winter has to be my favorite among these. Being outside in nature, away from cell phones and other technology, fills me with a sense of peace and calm like nothing else. I also make jewelry as a hobby and I love to read, cook, and buy shoes.
I love Lincoln students. They represent the very best of Fort Collins’s diversity; hard-working, playful and open-minded, they give me purpose and hope on a daily basis. Oh, and our school mascot, the Lancer, rocks!
“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge”- Bertrand Russell
7th grade GT English
7th grade English
Our classroom is a place where I hope everyone feels safe, loved, valued and challenged.