I attended Arizona State University and received my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge. I also received my Secondary Education Credential in Social Science from CSUN. I had a career in retail as a buyer/manager for Nordstrom and Ralph Lauren, Beverly Hills. While I enjoyed doing that, I realized that my passion was for teaching and decided to go back to school, and it paid off! I was named "Who's Who in America's High School Teachers" seven times, and I have been asked to judge "History Day" through the Constitutional Rights Foundation. I come from a family of teachers-my grandfather taught Russian History at UCLA, and my mother was a high school English teacher. I have taught Social Studies at the middle and high school level for over seventeen years, and have mentored numerous students who might not have otherwise finished high school and gone on to college. I started a program of Small Learning Communities in my school to incorporate Math, Science, English and History in a fun and exciting way to show students that all subjects are related in the real world and have traveled around the country teaching this method to other schools. I also started the AP History classes for the more underprivileged students who had not had access to them before. My belief is that everyone can succeed if given the opportunity and the right motivation and excitement for learning in the way they learn best. I teach U.S History, AP U.S. History in a way that can help pass Standardized Testing, but also keeping it fresh and applicable to their own lives in the present. My Government classes are taught to help students be better citizens, and my Economics classes help students be prepared to take care of themselves when they leave school.
I discovered Disc Golf a number of years ago and have played it around the world, and I also enjoy hiking, traveling and reading in my spare time.
California State University-Northridge - BA, Liberal Studies