I was raised in the suburbs of Carson, California, a small city in the South Bay area. My formative years were spent in a Catholic school, until I was admitted into the MAGNET/Gifted program with LAUSD. I went to high school at Bravo Medical Magnet (Los Angeles) with hopes of going into medicine. My interests were later focused on Psychology, after taking a summer school course in high school. With hopes of becoming a school counselor, I pursued the study of behavior and development and after 4 years at U C Riverside I received my BA in Psychology (2005). I realized my vocation to work with the youth after spending some time as a peer counselor at a local high school in Riverside county. After undergrad, I was immediately hired to work as a para-professional at a non-public school (NPS) in Rancho Palos Verdes, for students with specific learning difficulties and personality disorders. In 2006, I was hired to teach at a Catholic school in Boyle Heights--the same school where my husband attended for middle school.
I received my Masters and Credential in Education from Loyola Marymount University (2009). My vocation has brought many opportunities to work with a wide range of age groups and personalities. For 10 years I split my time teaching 5th grade and Junior high. I became part of the STM family in 2014 as the JH Math and Science teacher and in 3 years, I grew even more as educator. In 2017, I turned the chapter on being a classroom teacher and finally, after 5 years of Him calling me (through some of the most unexpected ways), I answered God's call to become full-time administrator. Going into my 2nd year now as assistant principal, I'm looking forward for this new year and expectant of the greater impact to be had in my school community. In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. -Proverbs 16:9
Whenever possible, my husband and I like to take our two children on hikes and walks at nearby local trails. We also enjoy taking trips to various amusement parks and museums; camping; going on (road) trips exploring our numerous and breathtaking National Parks; and finding good eats! Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. - John Muir