I am very excited to be a Professional Development Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. My primary responsibility is to mentor and support probationary teachers in planning and implementing quality instruction that increases student learning and achievement. I currently work with teachers at Westwood High School, Summit Academy, Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, Crossroads, East Valley Academy, Carson Junior High, Falcon Hill, Salk, and Porter Elementary. Additionally, I coordinate the second year teacher induction program which develops the instructional design process to create standards-based instructional units. This course promotes continuous professional growth as teachers apply the process to other curricular areas. I am also honored to serve as the National Academic League Commissioner for Mesa's Junior High Schools.
I am a trainer for the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching which creates a structure for continuous teacher improvement. I am also trained in the International Baccalaureate Programme and have a strong technology background.
I began teaching in 1990 and have taught all grades, from Kindergarten to 8th grade, in that order! Combined with a variety of school environments, I find that this has allowed me a range of experience from which I can draw. My tenure in Mesa Public Schools began at MacArthur Elementary, then Falcon Hill, until opening Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies. Although students have always been the #1 reason I enjoyed coming to school each day, my desire for professional growth has taken me on a new journey!
I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis on school leadership. My undergraduate work was done at The University of Arizona and California State University San Bernardino.