I am a proud born and raised Maderan (James Monroe, TJ, and Madera High class of ’99). I started teaching when I was 12 years old—a Sunday school class for 5-8 year olds. A couple years later I started working with middle school students and haven’t left! I love teaching and find my greatest joy comes from working with students—whether that be teaching, coaching, or mentoring. I believe that God has called me to teach and I work hard to do that with excellence. We can always push ourselves to be better and do better, something I challenge my students with—to be a “better version of you” each day. I love what I do and try to inspire my students to desire to find a job one day that brings them true joy.
I am so excited to be bringing this school choice to my hometown, just a half mile from where I grew up! I believe we have created a unique program that will bring excitement for learning. Our goal is to be academically rigorous, while also teaching valuable life skills that so many people in industry say are lacking in this generation. We hope to teach kids how to think and how to work hard, never giving up! I believe in this program and am so excited for what is to come!
After graduating high school from Madera High as a valedictorian, I was accepted to Fresno Pacific University, which I attended as a president’s scholar, to pursue a degree in liberal studies with a science concentration. Immediately following college graduation, I went through the credential program at FPU to obtain a multiple subject teaching credential. I love science and I love learning! When able, I enjoy traveling and going on adventures, whether concerts, road trips or spending time with family.
I chose STA because I love learning and I love science! I decided to pursue a career in education because I realized that my passion lies with the curiosity and hunger for knowledge that I have within myself. I figure the best way to get people to love learning is to help them find that curiosity within themselves! The word “learn” is a verb, and therefore it is an action that we must do as individuals to grow as people and develop our understanding of the world that we live in. STA is the place where we can make that happen—we learn by doing.
I’ve been teaching for nine years, but with a long gap in the middle of that time to raise my two sons. I also homeschooled them for a few years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m a transplant to Madera, from Washington state, and have been here since 2010. I have wanted to teach since I was five years old and got to practice on my younger sister—she is a genius and I like to think I had a little part to play in her success! All through high school and college I worked or volunteered in education-related jobs, and have always found it rewarding.
I have loved my time here at Sherman Thomas, have put my own kids through our programs, and am so excited to be part of this new adventure at the Sherman Thomas STEM Academy. Challenging kids to see beyond the moment, to think about what power they have and how they can and will affect all of our futures, and helping those kids to make good decisions is the best example of a “pay it forward” lifestyle. Kids keep me young and on my toes. I think we (our students and I) have a lot to share with each other, and I love to learn from them as much as I love to teach them!
I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m the oldest of three girls in my family. Both of my parents are deceased. I’m a single mother of three boys. I love serving children.
I’m excited to be a part of something cutting edge and new for the Central Valley. I can’t wait to see how the children will be impacted by an alternative way of learning.
I was adopted at three days old and grew up in a Christian home. I have one nineteen year old daughter. I play piano and love music. I also enjoy cooking and gardening.
I am excited to be a part of an educational program that is teaching the students the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I’m looking forward to being a part of a positive learning environment where the students can not only achieve their educational goals, but learn lifetime skills.