Assistant Principal, Frontier Elementary
Favorite thing about D20?
I love that we are a family-oriented community with the district being a major cog of that “family” dynamic. Teachers, parents and students all live and work together.
Favorite teaching moment?
I had a first grade student who struggled to use appropriate language. We taught him to replace the inappropriate words with “pickles.” When he got angry he would yell “pickles!” instead of one of his former, colorful expressions. Teaching kids about how to cope with life is often just as rewarding as the academics we teach. Little known fact? I am an avid fly-fisher woman.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Smile more, worry less, do the best you can, be open to possibilities and the rest will work itself out.
Why is education the field for you?
My first job was as an inner-city educator in Los Angeles. I didn’t have an education degree, but I needed a job while I was waiting to apply for law school. What I didn’t expect was that I would love the career. There was something about living every day, knowing that I had left a positive “mark” on every student, and that the students had left a positive “mark” on me, as well. I decided to go back to school to complete my teaching licensure and haven’t regretted a day since.