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San Diego State University - Bachelors of Arts  with a degree in Liberal Studies

San Diego State University- Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

University of California Los Angeles- Reading Certificate

San Diego State University - Doctorate in Educational  Leadership


Credentials and Certifications:


California Administrative Services Credential 2023 

California Multiple Subjects Credential 2023 

LDS/CLAD California Reading Certificate 2005 

Leading Edge Certification 2018




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Thirty three years of teaching and coaching experience in grades K-12 in both public and charter schools


Leadership Experience:


Independent Studies Program Manager/ EL Support 

Health Sciences High Middle College San Diego California

 Created systems and programs with a focus on personalized learning to teach diverse students in grades 8-12 in a variety of curricular areas and instructional settings 

  • Provided coaching and feedback to 50+ teachers across disciplines using evidence-based practices, classroom support strategies, and curriculum adaptation to support diverse learners 


Middle School Teacher/EL Instructional Coach 6-8 

Cajon Valley Union School District – El Cajon, CA 

  • Taught with specialists to meet the needs of 150+ site English Language Learners and students requiring extra support 
  • Developed materials and instructional plans to integrate English language development with core content instruction across disciplines district-wide Grades 6-8 


Literacy and Academic Coach K-6 

 Cajon Valley Union School District – El Cajon, California  

  • Provided coaching, training in literacy strategies for over 100+ classroom teachers K-6 in ELD and Language Arts 
  • Supported teachers, instructional assistants through demonstration lessons, observations, and coaching at two elementary sites


Staff Development Presenter/ Program Developer 

San Diego Area Writing Project – San Diego, CA 2009-present

  • Presented best literacy instructional practices at national conferences in ELD and Language Arts with a focus on English learners and underserved youth grades K-12.
  • Collaborated with district and school administrators across San Diego County to create dynamic, ongoing curriculum development and instructional improvement programs in literacy K-12.

Teaching Experience:


Elementary Educator Grades 2-5 El Cajon, CA.

Middle School Humanities Educator Grades 6-8 El Cajon, CA

Middle School Humanities Educator Grades 6-8 San Diego, CA

ELD Educator Grades 6-8 El Cajon, CA