I have had the privilege of working for 33 years in public education. I have served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum specialist/staff developer and, for 27 years, an elementary school principal. I have worked in schools in wealthy communities and schools with high populations of students living in poverty. I have been fortunate to work with children and families from many cultures. I have extensive experience with Latino, Asian and Muslim families. I’ve built relationships with the parents of children with disabilities and been proud of the success that these children have experienced in school. I’ve learned from and about these wonderful individuals and their hopes and dreams for their children. Prior to coming to public education I worked for several years in the criminal justice system providing counseling and support to adult felons. Upon leaving high school I served in the U.S. Army spending 13 months in Viet Nam as a communications specialist.
2010-2011 Everett School District
2010-2011 Emerson Elementary School
1989-2010 Lake Washington School District
2005-2010Rosa Parks Elementary School, Founding Principal 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years Rosa Parks was the recipient of the OSPI award for “Overall Excellence” ranking it as one of the highest achieving schools in the state 2000-2005 Alexander Graham Bell Elementary, Principal Title I school with a large ELL program that also housed the district's largest Head Start program. 1994-2000 Margaret Mead Elementary School, Principal Grouped by multi age classrooms, the school housed one chohot of the district's Quest (gifted) program. Mead the school was among the highest achieving schools in our state based upon WASL scores 1989-1994 Emily Dickinson Elementary School, Principal "Outstanding Principal" by Region 2 of the Washington State PTSA. Emily Dickinson was named one of the “100 Best” schools in America by Redbook Magazine. Program Excellence Award from the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
1985-1989 Battle Ground School District
"Outstanding Principal of the Year" by the Battle Ground Education Association,based to a great extent upon our work with our diverse population.
1986-1989 Glenwood Primary School, a Title I school, Principal 1985-1986 Battle Ground School District, Curriculum Specialist.