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I am very excited to be continuing with the Renaissance Gifted and Music Academy this year. This is my 7th year 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.
My husband Dennis and I have 3 children, all adults now. We have twin daughters, Megan and Rebecca, and 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 4th year medical school at Tulane University where he also earned his undergraduate degree. Megan graduated from Boston University's School of Management and recently earned a Masters in Business Analystics. She works for Deloitte Consulting in Austin, Texas. Megan is getting married this year to her fiance, Matt. Rebecca graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in Neuroscience. She is pursuing her dream of acting in New York City. She also works as a UX Designer (UX stands for user experience) and various other creative and entrepreunial pursuits. The final member of our family is our dog Lucy. She is a catahoula mix.
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.