The most important thing I have done in my life is raise socially-responsible, noble, and honest sons. My goal as a mother was to raise kids who could make the world a better place. Some might call this idealistic, but it is what I expect, and see, of them everyday.
Beyond being a mother, I am proud to say that I have dedicated my career to being a high school English teacher. There, I viewed my classroom as a place to provide skills and knowledge in my students that will equip them to make the world a better place by being contributing, powerful members of the workforce and their communities. I have tried to challenge them to reach beyond their own comfort zones as they strive to improve their skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking.
After 25 years of being in the classroom every day, I was honored to be named Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the year. Through that experience, I had the opportunity to travel across the state to see first-hand the issues that public schools are facing on a daily basis.
I am also a writer, runner, active member of my church family, education activist, friend and daughter. Even though those roles are listed in one sentence, I take each role very seriously and try to contribute as much as I am blessed to gain.