School: Cupertino High School
District: Fremont Union High School District
County: Santa Clara
Region: Northern California
Grade: High School
Subject: English, Business
Award Year: 2020
Being named a CATOY in 2011 was such an extreme honor. Beginning in 1992, I taught 2nd through 6th grades, served as a site administrator as well as a district literacy coach, primarily in Title 1 schools. Since 2011, I taught 4th grade, and have again served as a school Principal and an Instructional Coach. My joy, both as a teacher and as an administrator, has always been to take the students who statistically should not achieve at high levels and bring them to the heights that are generally “reserved” for students of different demographics.
I am now living in Tennessee and decided that I would once again return to my favorite place… the classroom. I am a 4th grade teacher at a new school in Spring Hill, and am thoroughly enjoying every minute. This is certainly where my heart belongs!
In 2011, I was filmed teaching a fraction lesson for the Teaching Channel. I have had the privilege of being the keynote speaker for the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Banquet and Aspiring Teachers Conference, shared thoughts on the steps of the Capitol for The Day of the Teacher in Sacramento, and was named one of Los Angeles County’s 25 Women Who Make a Difference. Additionally, aside from my assignment as teacher, administrator, or coach, I have happily spent numerous hours planning and providing professional development for teachers with a focus on instructional strategies and best practices.
Teaching is such a privilege… there is nothing I’d rather do than be an educator. We have the amazing responsibility of holding our students’ futures in our hands; every day we have many opportunities to tear down or build up each precious one… and change his or her trajectory forever. Since I am out of the area, I am not readily available to speak to your group, although I would love to, if schedules align.