Degrees and Certifications:
BA Communications AZ Teaching Certification Highly Qualified Middle School Social Studies Highly Qualified Middle School English Language Arts Master's Degree in Elementary Education
I graduated with a BA in Advertising Communications and started my first job in New York City. I worked for a firm that bought national advertising for local newspapers all over the US. My husband and I decided to settle in Arizona to raise our family. As a young mother, I became very involved in my children's education. I volunteered as a room mother, class helper, library aid and worked in the PTA. Eventually, the teachers asked me to register as a substitute and help even more. It was fun to pop into a classroom, at the last minute, and create a meaningful day for students. After doing a long-term position for a local charter school, I was hired as a full-time teacher. I decided that if I was going to teach, I should make it real. I enrolled in an online teaching program and was able to do my student teaching in my own classroom as I earned my certification. After nine years of teaching second grade, I ventured to third grade for three years. I moved to Deer Valley Unified School District in 2017, taking a job in New River as a 5th-grade teacher and then moved to 6th grade for the next three years. I am highly qualified as a middle school Social Studies teacher and middle school English Language Arts teacher and have a Masters's in Elementary Education. I am looking forward to an exciting first year at Paseo Hills!
Rabbits are my favorite animal and I am terrified of snakes. (Sorry Fang!) I can be bribed with peanut butter M&Ms and love to go out to dinner. When I have free time, I love to travel, especially if that involves seeing historic places. My husband Woody and I have been married 36 years and have four children and six grandchildren.