I am so excited to begin my fourth year teaching fifth grade at Tularcitos! These past three years have been amazing! By far, the best part of each day is getting to work with the fantastic students in Room 41! A very close second is working with the incredible fifth grade team! I thoroughly enjoy working, planning, and reflecting with this dedicated group of teachers. I am looking forward knowing a new bunch of fifth graders this year!
Originally, I am from Walnut Creek, California. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and earned my teaching credential from Sonoma State University in 2000. While at UCSB I studied abroad in London for six months. That one experience changed my life! Since then, I have combined my passion for teaching and traveling by living, traveling, and teaching all over the world. All in all, I have spent over 7 years abroad. I taught in Mexico, Japan, and Germany. I volunteered building houses and protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica. Before coming to Monterey, I hiked all the way across Spain on the Camino Santiago, over 500 miles in all! I even volunteered teaching English while living on a ship called the Peace Boat that sailed around the world, twice!
I feel so lucky to have finally grown roots here on the Monterey Peninsula. Before coming to Tular, I worked at the International School of Monterey for six years, both as a teacher and as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator. I earned a Master of Education in 2012 from Endicott College.
This past summer I was lucky to return to Spain again! I returned to hike the Camino Santiago for a second time! This hike and journey was just as great as the first time. It was so great to spend so much time outdoors, exercising with great company and fabulous food. This time I walked a little over 300 miles! I also returned to visit friends in Truckee, CA. While there I spent a lot of time stand up paddle boarding on Donner Lake and continued learning how to wake surf! Besides traveling and spending time with friends, I enjoy running, hiking, and finding great coffee shops to read and people watch. I have run 12 marathons and many half marathons. In 2014 and 2015 I ran the Boston Marathon and then six days later I ran the Big Sur Marathon! Unfortunately… I have recently been sidelined by an injury, but anxiously look forward to running again!(Camino Santiago, Spain, 2009)Let's enjoy the journey together!