Mountain Ridge High School - Language Arts Department

    I began teaching at Hillcrest Middle School as an 8th grade English language arts teacher in 2001 after I graduated with my Bachelors Degree from Northern Arizona University.  The following year, I transferred to Mountain Ridge High School and have been teaching a variety of classes at Ridge ever since.  In 2005 I received my Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University.  I have taught English Language Arts 3-4, English Language Arts 5-6, English Language Arts 7-8, Public Speaking/Communications, Creative Writing, CRW 150, Academic Decathlon, ENH 241/242 and ENH 111/110.  I absolutely love teaching and I always thrilled when a new challenge arises.

    I am the Language Arts Department Junior Level Leader,  and I am very involved in the campus.   In the past I have been a Society of Female Scholars Mentor, a member of Site Council, and the NCA Reading Committee Co-Chairperson. Currently I am a member of the tech rich team and I am the Canvas laison on campus.

    In addition, I was the assistant swim coach at Mountain Ridge for five years and the head coach of the Mountain Ridge Swim and Dive Team for four years.  I also coached the Academic Decathlon team as both the assistant coach and head coach.  

    In 2008, I was named Deer Valley Teacher of the Year for the 2007-2008 School Year. It was a great honor to be nominated and receive the award. In 2018 I achieved my National Board Certification.

    In my free time I am an avid yogi and I practice yoga six days a week. It gives me great balance and gives me a challenge at the beginning of each day. After doing my practice, I am ready to tackle anything the day throws at me.