I was born and raised in California and have always wanted to be a teacher. I have worked with kids for as long as I can remember, in a variety of settings. These were pre-schools, summer camps, multiple classroom settings, and coaching multiple sports at the elementary and junior high level. I got my bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in reading instruction from Grand Canyon University. I started teaching with LAUSD in 2005 and am so happy to call Short Avenue Elementary my forever home. I believe in children as community citizens who can teach and learn from one another. I believe in creating a classroom environment that is welcoming, nurturing, and inspires inquiry through thoughtful provocations and rich materials. I believe in developing that spark of knowledge and curiosity that children bring to the classroom every day, to make them active participants in their lifelong journey of learning, because a love of learning is the first step in providing a lifetime of learning.