I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. I spent 11 years serving, mentoring, learning and teaching English and Leadership at my alma mater, Mt. Tahoma High School. After leaving secondary education, I transitioned to Tacoma Community College, where I served as an instructor for the Fresh Start program for a year. I earned my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, master’s degree in Education/Secondary Language Arts and Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University, and bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Western Washington University. My educational degrees do not define me, but rather I define them.
My areas of interest within formal education are: cultural awareness, equity, multicultural education, servant leadership, social justice, and student retention. While I value formal education, I believe in order to truly learn, one must have the willingness to grow from their real life experiences inside, as well as outside of the classroom and textbooks.
When I am not educating or learning from others, I like to spend time with family, attend Mariners and Seahawks games, go to music concerts and travel. The North Shore on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i is one of my favorite places in the world. If I were not an educator, I would be a surfer. Though I do not know how to surf, I take joy in paying attention to the elements, along with blessings Mother Nature has afforded us.
I look forward to building connections, learning and serving as a member of the Saint Martin’s community!