I was born and raised in California. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and moved to the Bay area when I was ten. Sacramento has been my home for the past ten years. I have a bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development and I completed my student teaching in El Dorado Hills at Silva Valley Elementary. I began working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, but took a temporary leave of absence. I hope to complete my masters in the near future at Sacramento State University. I have almost eight years experience working with students from preschool through fifth grade.
Growing up in a multi-racial family taught me to appreciate different cultures and to be cognizant of the interacting dynamics that influence our identities. Society, culture, religion, and our life experiences influence our thinking and behaviors. As a teacher, I feel it is important to be aware of these dynamics and to understand how they play a role in student learning and behavior. The formative years are precious and it is important to create a receptive, nurturing environment where students feel like they belong, and that they are safe and valued.
Fourth grade is a big leap from little kid to big kid. Students make great strides academically, socially, and emotionally. Working with fourth graders is particularly exciting because they are so alive! They care deeply about everything that happens at school and are very curious and industrious. I hope to tap into these characteristics to challenge their thinking and open their minds to the bigger world. I am looking forward to teaching fourth grade at FEA.