Although my father was (and still is) a superb teacher, teaching never really enticed me at an early age. I was bound to be an artist and left California to study graphic design and illustration in a private university in Arkansas. While home for the summer after my freshman year of university, I worked as a counselor, outdoor instructor and cabin parent in a camp for underprivileged youth in Susanville, California. Those ten weeks would revolutionize my future studies and life’s journey as I was internally compelled to switch majors and become a teacher.
Throughout the next 4 years of university, I was privileged to teach and live in Vietnam and Africa. After graduating from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with an Elementary Education Teaching Credential, I was eagerly off to teach abroad and “continue” my education ultimately experiencing life outside the United States.
For the next 5 years I lived and taught in various educational settings in Beijing, China. From the high mountains of Tibet to the crowded cities of Shang Hai and Hong Kong, the precious Chinese people opened my eyes to the beauty of their tradition, diversity and culture. I am so thankful for all that I learned in China as it has opened my eyes to the incomparable opportunities an American education affords our children when compared with the rest of the world.
You might see me hiking one of the many breathtaking trails around Shasta County, or swimming and splashing in one of the area’s refreshing lakes with my four boys in tow. Right now, having a lunch in the park, playing basketball, building Lego contraptions, or participating in laser tag is one of the many favorite activities we love doing together.
As I begin my 16th year teaching at Millville, I am excited and grateful to serve and assist the exceptional students, parents and staff here at Millville Elementary School in continuing to fulfill its goal…”Millville Elementary School, A great place to learn.”