I was born and raised in the Chicago area. I received my undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma where I majored in Psychology. A number of years later, I returned to school to get my teaching credential. I attended Fresno State and received my teaching credential in 1988.
I met my husband of 44 years while attending the University of Oklahoma. My husband was from California, so we moved to Fresno, California. We have two grown sons who also live in Fresno.
I began my teaching career with Fresno Unified in 1988 and retired several years ago. While still holding my regular K-12 teaching position, I began working with Adult Ed and on-site ESL classes for parents. I saw such a need and desire for parents to learn and it was an easy transition for me having taught English learner children for years and now having the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to adults. I also instructed adult learners in basic high school subjects.
I was blessed during my educational career to experience many various positions and add to my experience. I held various positions at both the site and district levels. I have been an elementary, middle school, high school, and adult ed teacher. I have been a master and a mentor teacher. At the district level I had the opportunity to gain much knowledge while serving as a School Improvement Specialist and an instructional coach. I also have many years experience in developing and managing programs.
The past three years I have had the pleasure of working at Central Unified Adult School. I currently instruct ESL classes and High School Equivalent classes. In addition, I manage special projects and coordinate our ESL program.
While at Central, the accomplishments I am most proud of are, developing satellite ESL classes for parents at elementary schools, improving our HSE program to show a 200% increase in students passing the GED and/or HiSET exams to earn their high school equivalences. I also work diligently to transition students to college or professional careers. We now have students completing our program who are offered competitive scholarships and go on to college.