Giving young children a good foundation and start in life is my passion. The teachers knowledge and skills have a direct effect on the success of the children in my care. When working with adults in the early childhood field I am blessed to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with young children. It is so gratifying to see a student develop self-esteem and self confidence and the feeling that they can do more than they think. One of my favorite sayings is: My teacher thought I could do it so I did. This is important for adult students as well as young children.
Professional Experience: Preschool; Elementary school teacher - grade K, 2, 6, 7-12; Adjunct Instructor Fresno Pacific; Staff development workshop facilitator; Former AIMS Leadership Network; California Kindergarten Association board member
Personal Experience: Caps for Cancer; TC Council for Child and Youth Development
Scholarly Interests: Integrating cooking in all areas of the curriculum; Social and emotional development of young children
Honors and Awards: Elbow Creek Teacher of the Year
Publications: Kids Cooking - Series of 6 books focused on ideas and activities to promote cooking in the classroom
Recommended Reading: Freedom Writers
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 22:6 ~ "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Favorite Music: Children's music; 60's music
Favorite Activities: Crocheting, Knitting, Quilting, Reading
Family Info: Married
What Matters: Providing young children with the skills they need to function as successful adults
Pet Peeves: People not following through with what they say they will do
What I Like About FPU: The fact that you can pray openly for and with anyone.