I have a stubborn and heart-felt belief that all students have the right to a quality education supported by caring professionals dedicated to that purpose. I am also a firm believer in a liberal arts education for all.
As if to underscore these beliefs, last year the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce gave me its Lifetime Achievement in Education Award, an honor given only twice in its 20-year history.
I was one of the founders and Principal of Westchester Secondary Charter School. This school, grades 6-12, was designed to serve the Westchester community and those students who had traditionally attended schools in Westchester.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Drama from the University of Evansville (Indiana), a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Southern Indiana, a credential in Gifted Education from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership (with Honors) from California State University Northridge.
I’m also credentialed in Secondary English. I have over 25 years of experience in education as a teacher in Los Angeles and Indianapolis. I also established the School for Advanced Studies (“SAS”) at Orville Wright where I served as GATE Coordinator and was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2002.
My career includes an award-winning drama program at Orville Wright Middle School and donating time to Westchester High School as the school re-established its musical theater program.
I’ve served in leadership positions throughout the Westchester community as well as other LAUSD schools, including service on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa’s Education Committee.
And finally I’ll share this secret with you: Before becoming a teacher I was a professional actress in New York City and Los Angeles.