I have 18 years of experience in the field of education, primarily in Special Education. I have taught nearly all grade levels, both as a Resource Specialist and Special Day Class teacher. In addition, for 4 years, I worked in administration, supporting programs at the district, county, and statewide level. In my career, I had the privilege to work alongside administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and community partners in traditional schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and dual-language immersion schools. I believe that education is a lifelong process which doesn’t end after earning a degree or beginning a career. I see great value in continuing education courses which allow educators an opportunity to engage with other professionals, reflect, refine their skill-set and gain new knowledge to take back to their classrooms.
Professional Experience: I have had the opportunity to serve as a Resource Specialist Teacher, Special Day Class Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and Administrative Program Specialist in various districts, counties, and SELPA's throughout California.
Scholarly Interests: Curriculum design and interventions, language development, and early childhood education
Recommended Reading: The Brain That Changes Itself; The Dyslexic Advantage; The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness; The Whole-Brained Child
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:10 ~ "But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect." and Philippians 4:4-7 ~ "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Favorite Music: I enjoy a wide range of music, but what I find myself listening to most is a mix of country, rock-folk, and Americana string bands.
Favorite Activities: Road trips, reading, snow sports, hiking, volunteering, holistic health
Family Info: Married to my husband, Jeremy, with one daughter, Annika
What Matters: Being Grateful
What I Like About FPU: I like that FPU has a long-standing commitment to learning and service with an emphasis on community, collaboration, and open discourse.