So many books so little time. For too long now I have lamented over my busy teaching schedule keeping me from reading all the books on my ever-growing list. No more. I’ve recently concluded a 16-year-long chapter in my life when I retired from teaching this past June. A favorite part of my work was serving as the reading specialist at Ross School, a K-8 public school in Marin County, California where I worked with learners of all ages to further elevate literacy and the joy of reading. Our reading program at Ross School earned the International Literacy Association’s exemplary program award for California. While at Ross School I also served as the learning specialist, instructional coach, library teacher, middle school humanities teacher, enrichment project developer, and director of educational technology.
I grew up in San Marino, California and attended public schools all the way through high school graduating as a San Marino High School Titan just like my mom, dad and 3 siblings. For undergraduate work, I attended SMU, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, and graduated in 1997 with a BA in Spanish and minors in art history, creative writing, and Latin American Studies. I later attended the University of San Francisco to obtain my K-8 teaching credential as well as a MA in teaching, 2001. I also hold Gifted and Talented certification from USC and a secondary CA Clear Reading Certificate.
My husband Matt, also a SMU graduate, our 8 year old daughter Quinn and 6 year old son Fletcher and I are moving east this summer to settle into a new home in Franklin, Tennessee. Starting in January 2019 I hope to begin new book club groups amongst a new set of book loving people. My goal as a Literary Masters Facilitator is to spark your children’s curiosity for story because today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders.