As a born and raised California girl who grew up in a high performing school district, I can appreciate the pressure many young adults experience. However, that very same pressure helped me develop the skills I needed to be successful and ultimately prepared me for the work I do today.
By day I’m a Program Specialist for Contra Costa SELPA. Previously I served as a Program Specialist, an Assistant Principal, and an Education Specialist, at my former elementary school and high school districts. I focused on helping my students identify their strengths, compensate for their weaknesses and make progress in all areas of their lives. I have a knack for navigating through the emotions and helping young adults achieve their goals. I believe that the world would be a better place if every person did what they were passionate about instead of what they thought they should be doing.
I am also a Mentor for the Contra Costa County Teacher Induction Program supporting new teachers and have served an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga teaching classes in the Special Education department.
Those who know me best will tell you that I’m ‘type A’ and famous for my organization and planning abilities. I believe that having a plan eliminates the anxiety that can come from stressful situations. The majority of problems in life can be solved with the right approach and support. I help young adults identify what they want to do and then help them make a plan for how to achieve their goals.
I also know that in order for the coaching relationship to be successful, a connection has to be made and trust has to be built. I’ve been doing this my whole life. I often came home late from elementary school because I was connecting with people; I always knew whose grandparent was sick and whose mom was going to have another baby. In college, my friends would tease me about all the coffee dates I would go on and long talks I would share with people. Most people are surprised to find out that I’m an introvert. I love one on one conversations where I really get to know someone.
Degrees and Certifications:
Administrative Services Credential
MS Ed. Educational Technology Leadership, California State University-East Bay
Education Specialist Credential, Mild/Moderate and Autism Authorization, Chapman University
Single Subject English Credential, California State University-East Bay
BA, American Studies with an emphasis in Violence Against Women and Minor, Contemporary Leadership, University of California at Davis
High School Diploma, Campolindo High School
IMSE Orton Gillingham Comprehensive Certified
Google Certified Educator Level 1