I come from a family of teachers; my grandmother, two aunts, and my mother.  I thought I would do something different, but I was drawn to working with kids and teaching. I loved tutoring in high school and working many recreation jobs throughout my college years.  And after two decades of teaching, I love it as much as I did the first year.   Teaching is in my blood.

I attended Humboldt State University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Computer Information Systems in 1996. The following year I earned my teaching credential from California State University, Chico.  After teaching in the valley for two years, I made my way up the hill to beautiful Grass Valley.  I sought a small town to call home after growing up in Marin and attending college in small towns.  Nevada County was a perfect fit!

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors.  I love to take short, week-long backpacking trips (sadly with a toddler that hasn’t happened as often as I’d like), but was challenged by hiking the John Muir Trial from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney the summer of 2005.  Three weeks in the wilderness changed my outlook on life  After, I have pursued my love for other cultures by traveling to Iceland and Japan. 

In addition to sightseeing, both trips gave me the opportunity to truly experience life in another part of the world by participating in work camps with locals. These amazing experiences have broaden my perspective and had me thinking about where to go next!

My daughter, Sadie, got her first stamp in her passport at 7 weeks old when she and I joined my husband in Amsterdam on a business trip.  This summer, we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday and took the most relaxing family vacation to an all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen.  I hope there will be many more stamps in our passports in the future!