about the author

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

I 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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