CSUN, BA, Honors in English
CSUN, MA, English Literature
Awards and Recognitions
National Board Certified Teacher, LAUSD Teacher of the Year 2016, LA County Teacher of the Year 2016-2017, Finalist California Teacher of the Year 2017
A quote that inspires me
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
Reading, playing with my puppy Finn, traveling, attending music concerts
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
In graduate school in 1997, CSUN professor Dr. George Uba asked me if I ever thought of becoming a teacher because he thought I would be a good one. He gave me the inspiration and guidance to become a Teaching Associate at CSUN, which is where my teaching path begun.
I think all of my students should read…
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
What advice or words of wisdom would you offer to students?
Don’t be afraid to fail. Make mistakes, for those experiences are the wisest of teachers and are pivotal guideposts along the path to self-actualization.
Who is/are your hero(es)?