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 blessed to have a job at Manzanita Public Charter School. I feel like this school really fosters the growth of scholars and staff, both academically and culturally.

I grew up in Northern California, and I moved to Lompoc five years ago to be with my father. I’m very happy my family and I decided to move here. I have been married for 22 years, and 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 now a Junior at Lompoc High School and is currently working to be recruited for a softball scholarship for softball.

I am looking forward to starting my new career teaching our next generation to be great citizens and community leaders. I know Manzanita is an amazing place to work, and I am excited to be a part of the team who inspires its scholars to be the best they can be.