Welcome to First Grade!
I am beyond thrilled to join this wonderful community here at Saint Isabella School. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies and a minor degree in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University in 2010. I graduated cum laude and with distinction. My focus as an undergraduate student in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies included Child Development and elementary school teacher preparation coursework. I received my Multiple Subjects Credential from Sonoma State University in 2011.
I have always known that I would be a teacher. I have been teaching children since I was twelve years old, or over half of my life. My love of teaching began as a preschool teacher for six summers at a local San Rafael preschool. I have taught a variety of students and grade levels: preschool children and lower elementary school students, students with moderate to severe special needs and learning differences, and even college students as an English Composition writing tutor and a Teacher’s Aide for the Foundations of Leadership course for college freshmen. I was also a Resident Assistant for freshman students for two years as an undergraduate.
After graduating from the Multiple Subjects Credential program, I was a full-time preschool teacher for two years at the same local preschool in San Rafael. I was then a full-time preschool teacher for five years at another local San Rafael preschool. Most recently, I was the Special Education Lead Teacher, Behaviorist, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Instructor at a pilot school in San Francisco for children with moderate to severe special needs and learning differences.
My teaching passions and interests include: literacy, environmental education, media literacy, pedagogy and teaching methods of how to teach children with learning differences, social-emotional education, civic engagement and service learning, theatre arts for children, music for children, and movement for children.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs Penny and Lulu, spending time with family and friends, drinking iced tea or iced coffee, speaking fluent French and some Spanish, reading a good book, or performing in musicals and theatre productions.
Have a blessed school year!