about the author

If every action has a reaction, then we must work to ensure that our actions positively impact learning…

me 2I began my teaching career in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico at the San Diego Mission School in 1991.  I didn’t know at the time that I would fall in love with teaching and would make it my life’s work.

I taught 6th-8th grades, Language Arts and Social Studies, before I became a staff developer in 2000 and a building administrator a year after that. I have extremely fond memories of my years at Conrad Ball Middle School where I was teacher and principal. It was the hardest, best job I’ve ever known. It was a privilege to be able to work with incredible students, families and staff.

Currently, I work as the executive director of professional development and assessment in the St. Vrain Valley School District where I support professional learning services for 2,500+ staff in a school district of 33,000 students.  St. Vrain is an amazing district, serving the fabulous communities of northern metro Denver. These communities include: Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Lyons, Mead and Niwot.  I am proud to be part of such an incredibly talented group of educators dedicated to providing the best learning experiences and environment for our students and families.

I serve on the board of the Colorado Association of Middle Level Education, the state affiliate of AMLE (formerly NMSA).  I am a member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and the state director of the Colorado Schools to Watch program. I was proud to serve on the National Middle School Task Force for the NASSP organization for 3 years and on the board of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland.

I am addicted to reading.  I love to cook and travel and spend time with my family and friends.  If I have time, I play guitar and play trivia games.

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