I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and when we finally couldn’t stand the heat any longer, we decided to move to Oregon in 2009. I love the lush green landscape and we spent the first year being tourists in our new home. We hiked several waterfalls, visited Tillamook, Seaside, lighthouses and Mt. Hood.
I have always been an educator, even though I spent the majority of my parenting life being a stay at home mom. Prior to having children, I was a Title 1 reading specialist and a substitute teacher. While raising my children, I started my own preschool that allowed me the flexibility to be with my children and teach others. I taught 3 and 4 year olds for six years.
Once my children all reached school age, I went back to substituting. I was fortunate to substitute nearly every day at Trillium the 2012-13 school year. The following year I taught kindergarten in a dual immersion school. Then, I was overjoyed when I learned I would be joining the staff at Trillium full time.
In my free time I love to read, play games with my children, scuba dive, attend plays and travel.
My story is one that didn’t necessarily follow the typical path. That is nothing new for me. I like to find my own unique way through life. I may be a new teacher but have many years of experience under my belt.
I am native to Oregon. I was born in Eugene Oregon, but moved around a lot while young. Eventually my family came back to Oregon, and settled in the Central Oregon area. I lived in Redmond for nearly thirty years.
I believe that teaching is a calling of mine, despite the fact I got a late start on the official title. I have raised two wonderful sons. While my boys were young I was active in all their extracurricular activities including sports and Boy Scouts. I was a regular volunteer in their schools as well. My house was always full of children. Many were family but I also welcomed the neighborhood children who often considered my home, their second home. A house bustling with laughter and children was the norm for many years and provided an abundance of happy memories. As my boys became adults and started to pursue their own interests it seemed like a natural progression for me to go back to school and earn my Masters in Education and become a teacher.
I graduated from Concordia University in 2013 with a 4.0 and as a member of the honor society, Kappa Delta Pi. While in the Master’s program I also tutored struggling readers through the Concordia teacher’s corp. After graduating, I worked as a substitute teacher in several districts in and around Portland. I was very fortunate to become a substitute for Trillium charter School. It was through this experience I was able to discover an amazing school with a philosophy and mission that was very similar to my own. It is a school where I can feel I am truly helping students to become confident, and independent thinkers. It is a school where we can be creative and have fun while learning. I couldn’t ask for more. I am living my dream. I hope that I can inspire others to follow their heart and never give up on their dreams, no matter how long they take.
I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho. After high school I attended college at the University of Idaho in Moscow and worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in a preschool. This experience helped me solidify my decision to choose working with children as my career. After graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education I was eager to move out of Idaho and see a different part of the country, which took me to Madison, Wisconsin. In Madison I was a special education paraprofessional, tutor for an after school program and preschool teacher. My husband and I missed the mountains and rivers of the northwest so we moved to Boise in 2005. In Boise I worked as a kindergarten teacher for six years and a first grade teacher for two years. I completed my M.S. in Early Childhood Studies at Boise State University in 2011.
In October of 2013 my husband and I were again ready for a change and a new adventure. We chose Portland to be close to two of our siblings that live here. I love teaching young children and working with families. I am so happy to be at
Trillium teaching K/1 and to be part of this special community. When I am not working with kids, I love to spend time outside with my dog, Ruby. I try to take at least one backpacking trip every summer. I enjoy rafting, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, cooking and gardening.