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I grew up in Northern California, and I moved to Lompoc 6 years ago to be with my father. I’m very happy I decided to move here. I have two daughters. My oldest daughter, Hannah, is studying Biology with a focus in Ecology at the University of Humboldt. My younger daughter, Haley, is starting school at University of California Monterey Bay to become an educator.

I am proud to say that I served in the military for 8 years. I decided to use the G.I. Bill to go back to school because of my drive to continue serving my community in a positive way. After many years working with youth, as a softball coach, I learned that my calling was to teach. In order to make that happen I earned my bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential from Brandman University.

After teaching in Kindergarten I learned that I love to teach scholars in this grade. I love to see scholars learn and grow as they move through the year. I am inspired by the social and emotional growth I see 5 and 6 year-olds make in a year. Teaching scholars to read and write is a fascinating and rewarding process. Hands-on group activities and science experiments create awe and fascination for both teacher and scholar. We learn to work hard and have fun. 

I am looking forward to starting each school year at Manzanita Public Charter School. Each year, my colleagues and I strive to find new ways to reach scholars where they need us the most. We are in a good place. 

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