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I am very excited to be continuing with the Renaissance Gifted and Music Academy this year. This will be my 6th year t at the Renaissance Academy. Prior to joining the Renaissance Academy, I have taught both 5th and 6th grades at several schools in the Deer Valley School District. Gifted education has always been my particular interest and I feel very fortunate to get to work with this amazing and inspiring group of students.
I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I have lived in Arizona since 1993. I have a B.A in English from Pomona College in Claremont, California and an M.B.A from U.C.L.A. My first career was as a financial analyst in the banking industry. I was a Vice President in the Planning and Analysis Dept. of First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles. After moving to Arizona, I discovered a passion for the education profession and for working with children. I returned to school to work on a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in order to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. I have an Elementary Certificate with special endorsements in gifted education and structured English Immersion. I am a lifelong learner and continue to take classes and participate in professional development activities.
I enjoy the music component of the Renaissance Academy since I also have a background in music. I studied piano and voice, and sang in choirs and chamber choirs. My three children studied different combinations of piano, voice, flute, saxophone, guitar, and ballet. I believe the arts are an enriching and important aspect of education. In my free time, you will often find me at a musical, play, concert, opera, ballet, or museum.
I am married and have three children. My husband's name is Dennis. We have 26 year old twin daughters, Megan and Rebecca, and a 24 year old son, Matthew. All three of my children are graduates of the Deer Valley School District and were participants in gifted education programs there. Matthew is a 3rd year medical school at Tulane University where he also earned his undergraduate degree. Megan graduated from Boston University's School of Management, is now working as a project analyst at Deloitte Consulting in Austin, Texas and is working on a masters in business analytics. Rebecca graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in Neuroscience. She is pursuing her dream of working in theater while also working for a web-based UK company and learning web design. The final members of our family are our two dogs, Jasmine and Lucy. They are both catahoula mixes.
Some things I like to do besides teaching include reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, stamping, dining out, going to the movies and going to music/theater/arts events. With our children spread out all over the country, my husband and I enjoy traveling to visit them when we can.