I was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Arcata to attend college in 1992. I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Social Science Teaching Credential. I have worked at Academy of the Redwoods, Early College High School since it’s inception in 2005. Initially as a part time teacher, I taught Foundations courses, a curriculum focusing on academic, social and emotional character development, with the goal of increasing “Staying power” and other college readiness skills. Foundations classes are also dedicated to supporting our school community and culture of respect. More recently, I have served as the Academic Advisor for all AR students. My advising model is a student centered, student driven approach, that attempts to harness the internal drive that is stimulated when a student is able to articulate personal and academic goals. Prior to working at AR, I worked as a research assistant at the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute and coordinated a high school peer education program.