4th Grade Teacher
- I began teaching in 1998 at a private school in Los Altos and then in Palo Alto at an NPS where I worked with students aged 5-16(and their families), were on the Autistic Spectrum, and had severe learning and behavior issues. I enjoyed working closely with my team and although an intense and challenging job, I learned the power of teamwork. MakerSpace is a new position for me(I am also the impact sub at work and have been for a couple of years) after taking time off for family and school. I love teaching because I love that kids have a genuine curiosity about things. I enjoy being a part of their learning process by helping meet their needs to better support their learning styles.
- My favorite thing about 4th and 5th grade is learning their lives, hobbies and interests and realizing they’re more talented and interesting than me!
- I have 2 daughters, Gabi (CMS)-13 and Elisa(Arroyo)-9 who keep me on my toes. They are both fun to be around and have a good sense of humor(most of the time(-;0). Gabi is the goalkeeper for her soccer team and also loves her orchestra class/teacher where she plays the bass. Elisa likes to rock climb and any kind of dance. My husband John is an air rescue helicopter pilot. Our entire family loves sports and the outdoors: we love to hike, camp, frequent the beach, playing soccer, bocce, basketball, kickball, cornhole, or whatever we’re in the mood for. I also love to read, listen to music and visit the farmer’s market. This past summer we hiked from the Yosemite Valley up to Glacier point and back together and also had a blast rafting and floating in the Merced River.
- I look forward to the new school year mostly because I know how much growth will be happening. I’m amazed at what kids are capable of and am inspired to teach and learn from them and other teachers.