Degrees and Certifications:
BA Spanish, Foreign Languages & Literatures BA Elementary Education Spanish Language Certificate Early Childhood Education Endorsement Structured English Immersion Endorsement
Welcome to Kindergarten Spanish Immersion at Union Park School! We are excited for incredible new adventures in learning and fun this year together as Toros. As "Los Toritos", our students have the special opportunity of being our very first Kindergarten group to launch at our new school. I am so very honored to be your Teacher, and to work with our U.P. Community to build our "Toro Traditions" together.
Born in Los Angeles, and raised in San Diego, I grew up in a very culturally rich and diverse environment. I came to study at Arizona State University and have lived in Arizona for 30 years now. My husband and I adore our daughter, Eva, who will be a Sophomore at Sandra Day O'Connor High School. We love living within the Union Park boundaries and take pride that we live, work, and attend DVUSD, the best district in the state!
I have been a Teacher in Arizona for 20 years. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Spanish at ASU from the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and later added my Post Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education. My specialties and endorsements include Early Childhood Education, Spanish, and Structured English Immersion. I have enjoyed teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade over the years--and yes, Kindergarten is my FAVE! I take great pride in working with children and watching them grow in areas we never dream possible. Through fun, engaging activities, the possibilities for language acquisition are endless at this bright, young age.
My number one focus with teaching and learning is health and safety--and with health comes a balance with growing academic knowledge and social emotional learning. Bringing an ease and comfort level is key with any learning. My feelings on respecting the brains and emotions of children throughout the various stages of language acquisition are important and close to my heart.
Please know that I am here for your family during this unprecedented time in education. We need each other in our Union Park community- building each other's strength, love, and care.