This is my first year teaching at Academy of the Redwoods and my 5th year being in education. I have worked as an instructional aide, PBIS Coordinator, and now as a dual-credentialed teacher (Multiple Subjects/Special Ed). Locally, I was a teacher at Loleta Elementary and South Bay School (Go Cougars and Sharks!!!). I am a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology, Western Governors University with a BA in Special Education and University of Redlands with a Masters of Business Administration. I am originally from Sacramento, but I have also lived in the Bay Area, Alaska and Southern California. I recently moved back to Humboldt County with my fiance, Ms. Park (6th grade teacher at South Bay), to give back to the local community that has given so much to me.
I enjoy hiking out in Redwood National Park, playing bass guitar, singing karaoke, playing video games and going out to eat. I also enjoy hanging out with my 21-year-old cat Maddy. You also might see me umpiring youth and high school softball/baseball games out in Humboldt County.
Teaching is important to me because it provides an opportunity to give back to my community and help shape a better future. Education is a vessel for students to become successful in a world with many challenges. Providing students knowledge helps them not only gain skills to help them contribute to society when they graduate high school, but it also helps them figure out who they are as a person. When students figure out who they are, they create goals and pursue their dreams. I am a big advocate for community college because it gave me direction in my career. As a special education teacher at AR, my goal is to support all my students and families with resources and strategies, and to successfully guide them through the IEP process. But most importantly, I want to make sure that my students realize that learning can be fun.
Thank you for allowing me to teach your students this year. It is a team effort, and I thank you in advance for all the hard work and support you give.