Degrees and Certifications:
I have been a resident of Southern California for the majority of my life (I resided in Colorado for one year during my middle school youth, otherwise I have lived throughout Orange and Riverside counties). After high school I attended CSU Fullerton, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree, graduating with Honors, in American Studies in 2006. I immediately enrolled in the Graduate Program at CSUF and received my Teaching Credential the following spring. I married my amazing husband Damian (who teaches high school English and coaches volleyball) in 2002, and we had our first child together, Sawyer, in October of 2013. Sawyer was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of two, but has made tremendous strides the past couple of years with help from our very supportive family and various therapies, and he will be starting in a general ed TK class this Fall - I am very proud of the little boy he is growing into - he is a true light in my life! In the spring of 2017 I finished working toward my Master's (in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on technology) while pregnant with our second child, Samantha - managing to finish with a 4.0 GPA - something I am very proud of considering I was working full time, pregnant, and had a special needs toddler at the time! Our daughter Samantha was born in June of 2017, and she too has become a complete joy to my life - she adds sunshine to my soul everyday! I absolutely love my job and find it an enjoyable pastime to create new, challenging, fun, and creative lessons, activities and projects for my students and classes. I enjoy helping students learn, as well as helping them to find enjoyment, understanding, relevance and "real life" connections to our world's rich and exciting history through our class discussions, activities, and projects. While history and academics is very important, I also enjoy helping to create better people and use the colorful stories history provides to help teach the importance of good character and moral fiber. Outside of my professional life I also love to spend time with my family and friends - we enjoy going to the zoo (elephants and sea otters are my favorites), the mountains (nature is amazing), San Diego, musical theater and Broadway shows, Legoland, and Disneyland (it truly is one of the happiest places on earth) together, as well as staying in and enjoying each other's company playing board and video games (games are awesome), baking and cooking, watching movies, reading (I love reading to my son and daughter and on my e-reader), and just relaxing together! I also enjoy going to church, listening to audio books, creating digital scrapbooks, helping others, brain games, ice cream (all flavors are my favorite flavor), and chocolate of course! This will be my ninth year teaching full time and my eighth year at Moore. I am so excited to return to this amazing school and look forward to a wonderful year and new adventure with this year's group of students!