I am an Arizona native, born in Phoenix. I graduated from high school in the west valley, before attending Arizona State University, where I received a bachelor's degree in English with a focus in Literature. I began teaching in 2013, as both a middle school and high school English teacher. In 2015, I received my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
A year after moving to Apache Junction, I applied at AJUSD after reading about the mass staff turnover following the conversion to a five day school week in 2018. I am so thankful that I had the courage to apply for a special education position, as I have had the best experience of my career working at the high school. I was able to bloom as a teacher so to speak, and really step into my role whole heartedly.
Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, I was able to share a small beacon of light with my students after being a recipient of the Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers award. It is moments of reassurance such as this that confirm that I am on the right path, and why I have chosen the simple but powerful slogan of "Lead with Love". It is my approach to all things in life.
After working for the district for these four wonderful years, I have resigned, with the hope of moving into a position to be of full service to the community, the district, and an agent of positive change.
My family and I live, work, and go to school locally in and around Apache Junction/Pinal county. Although not local to the area by birth, my husband and I began our family and our life in Apache Junction and have grown to call it home.