I was born in Los Angeles (a 2nd generation native) and grew up in Monterey Park where I am now living. My teaching career started in a day care before I spent 21 years teaching at Sequoyah School in Pasadena (a private, progressive, constructivist school). When I left Sequoyah, I was lucky to get the opportunity to move to Tokyo for two years and teach 2nd grade in an international school. It was an amazing adventure living in a foreign country, experiencing the culture first hand. I loved the food, the transportation system, and the courtesy of the people I encountered there. In my free time I love to knit, read, and occasionally do a little quilting.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I did my undergraduate work at UC Davis where I majored in Human Development. I received my teaching credential and MA at CSU Northridge. My MA is in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
What is your highest degree held?
A Master's degree.
Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I think it is in my blood. My mother and 3 sisters were also all in the field of education. From a young age I have been drawn to working with children. I love their joy in discovering new things, their honesty, and their pleasure in just being. I feel that by working with children, I can make a difference.
How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I have been in education over 40 years.
What is your favorite thing about LCS?
The community, the diversity, the attention to the whole child, the caring, the passion of all of the people working here. It is an extremely supportive working environment.
What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
Too many books!! One of my favorites is Bud Not Buddy.