I was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Arcata to attend college in 1993. 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 its inception in 2005. Initially, I taught Foundations courses, and developed curriculum focusing on academic, social and emotional character development, with the goal of increasing “Staying power” and other college readiness skills. I have also served as the Academic Advisor implementing a student centered model that attempts to harness the internal drive that is stimulated when a student is able to articulate personal and academic goals. In 2019, I completed a Master’s program in Education through Kansas State University, allowing me the opportunity to do academic research regarding dual/concurrent enrollment and retention of underrepresented populations in higher education. Currently, as AR’s Program Director, my goal is to continue to cultivate a culture of Respect, while also promoting student Responsibility and Choice. 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.