A little about Teaching:
Being flexible is one of my strengths and that has certainly carried over into my career. So far I've taught grades 2,4,5, and 6. If I were to include all my teaching experience as a substitute and home-hospital teacher, I have taught almost every grade from K-8.
Teaching is my passion and I love to learn new ways to help others. As a student, I have always enjoyed having teachers that made the textbook "come to life" and that is one of my goals as I teach your child. There is no substitution for hard work and, as I do my best, I also expect the same from my students. I look forward to an excellent year with your child. They are going to grow up so much!!!
Some people ask why I teach. I teach because some of my best mentors were my teachers. I can remember the great teachers and not so great teachers. By the time I was in middle school, I remember helping others in my math class. Teaching just came naturally for me and I loved doing it. I love my job and I am glad I chose to teach as my profession.
My goals for my students:
1. Enjoy and appreciate this school year, for many years to come, realizing LEARNING is fun!
2. Organization, organization, organization
3. Master the grade-level standards.
A little about Hobbies:
I have many outdoor hobbies including riding my bicycle, hiking, and camping. I also love taking pictures! I am a big fan of the arts and even though I have mastered drawing stick figures, I truly appreciate the masterpieces.
A little about Family:
My family is very important to me! We "hang out" often to play games, like Wii, card games like UNO and Phase 10, and board games. I have two daughters, Lyla and Soraya, ages 3 and 1 and I love spending time and playing with them. It is a true joy to see my children go through all their "firsts". Crawling, jumping, talking with different voices, making funny faces, anything new seems to be such a milestone. I also love spending time with my husband. He was a U.S. Marine for 5 1/2 years and uses his survival skills whenever we go out into the wilderness. I am also proud of him for completing several centuries (100 miles) on his bicycle over the past couple of years. Hopefully by this fall I can ride a century with him as well.
A little about Me:
I grew up in Southern California and believe it is the best place on earth. I moved into the Rancho Cucamonga area when I was in 5th grade and have gone to Cucamonga Middle School and Alta Loma High School. Since then, I have studied at Chaffey Community College, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Madrid, Spain, and Claremont Graduate University. I have 3 Associate Degrees, a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Spanish Literature, and a Master's Degree in Teacher Education.
I have been a world traveler since I was 14. Most of my travels have been humanitarian relief efforts. In Mexico, I was a part of building a home and working with the local community members. In Honduras, I helped a community rebuild homes that were lost due to an earthquake in 1999. Due to the tsunami that went through Indonesia in 2004, I was able to be a part of the relief efforts there, working to repaint a schoolhouse and help with medical needs.
Other than relief efforts, I also traveled for personal experience. I worked as a staff member at a summer camp in Alaska. In Spain, I studied abroad my senior year of college. I also took a tour through Morocco. Outside of world traveling, my husband and I try to spend our vacations outdoors. We enjoy camping, hiking, and bicycling. I credit him for keeping me active. Due to his travels in the Marine Corps., he and I both value the experience of discovering other cultures. I look forward to many years of traveling to come.