Degrees and Certifications:
Hello! I am so excited to be working with your students again as we embark upon a new school year. I am a longtime Valdez resident and a former graduate of Valdez High School. My teaching degree and certifications were completed through the University of Alaska Southeast, and my educational philosophy boils down to the belief that having the opportunity to educate a child is a privilege, and every child deserves access to a quality education. I am passionate about supporting learners where they are, and promote the importance of growth through challenge. My goal is to help your student succeed, but also to encourage them to reflect on the process and realize the importance of their efforts in that success.
I am delighted to be coaching the Academic Decathlon team at Valdez High School this year, which will be taught as an Honors level elective. I am a former team competitor for VHS and found Acadeca to be one of the most rewarding experiences of high school, as it provided me with skills and knowledge I took directly into my college studies and the workforce.
Outside of school, my husband and I keep busy by ferrying our three children to their different sports and activities. We love living in Valdez and spending time outdoors. I also enjoy reading, crafting, puzzles, and sci-fi.