I feel so blessed to have had a job that I totally loved to do each and every day. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching elementary aged students for the past 38 years. I liked not only working with the children, but their families as well. I have made many lifelong connections with many of them. As a teacher, it is such a rewarding feeling to see my students “light come on” and see them understand the objective of the lesson. I was also very fond of working with other teachers and administrators and helping them understand and learn about technology. I always liked integrating technology into my lessons and helping others do the same. This really makes lessons come to life. All my FPU courses are very helpful for teachers to learn how to integrate technology into their classroom lessons. Working with my FPU students is great, because they really want to learn and use what they have learned to make their classroom lessons so much better and more meaningful for their students.
Professional Experience: Elementary school teacher (38 years), BTSA (beginning teacher support and assessment) support provider, Technology mentor, Trainer of trainers, Professional development, Lifetime teaching credential.
Personal Experience: I really enjoyed my teaching career. I loved working with the children and their families. Many of them are my lifelong friends. I love my family and spending time with them. Spending time on the ocean is very enjoyable for me. I like doing tai chi and exercising. Reading a great book is also very enjoyable to me.
Scholarly Interests: Learning as much as I can about ways to integrate technology into classroom lessons.
Honors and Awards: Teacher of the year for Liberty Elementary (1991); Yearbook dedicated to me in 2014
Recommended Reading: 10% Happier by Dan Harris, Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill, The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:34 ~ "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Favorite Music: Classical and oldies (60's)
Favorite Activities: Spend time with my family, read, exercise and travel to the central coast of California.
Family Info: My husband Kim was the retired director of technology for Sanger Unified School District. In retirement, he now does consulting for technology. My daughter, Kimmie is a Civil Engineer. Her husband Stephen, works for Intel. They live in Folsom, California with their two children, Kyrie age 4 and Sawyer age 2. My son Brad, is a journalist and works as a news director for a radio station in Auburn, California.
What Matters: My family
Pet Peeves: When others talk, more than listen
What I Like About FPU: I started teaching for FPU in 1995. It has been the most rewarding experience for me. The students are the best. I love learning all about the schools and subjects they teach. They always share so much knowledge with me. I also enjoy the staff in the professional development department at FPU! I enjoy our staff meetings. It is so nice to network with all of the CPD instructors.