Share why you teach at FPU
The FPU commitment to developing and supporting a community of learners is the foundation of my experiences as a student and teacher at FPU. As a student, I was challenged academically and philosophically while receiving valued support from fellow students and faculty. I found FPU to be a place where people were faithfully committed to service. I wanted to continue my relationship with FPU as a teacher to be part of the maintenance of that well-established tradition.
I believe in the FPU teacher education program mission that defines teaching as "a calling to redemptive service." By participating in the training of teachers, I have an opportunity to impact children, schools and communities in a unique way. It is enriching and rewarding for me to work with teacher candidates as they establish themselves as scholars, professionals, leaders and peacemakers. I have learned a great deal about educational theory and higher education in just a few years on faculty at FPU. I look forward to furthering my knowledge and, in turn, strengthening my ability to contribute to the FPU community of learners.
Curriculum, assessment and teaching methods are the focus of my professional development. I endeavor to expand my knowledge in these areas in order to improve the courses I teach. I would also like to pursue an advanced degree within these areas of study in the future.
Professional and Service Experience
I taught social sciences for eight years at Central High School in Fresno, California. During that time, I served as department chair and was a BTSA support provider for four years. I participated in the Fresno County Teaching American History Grant from 2000-2003. I was trained and participated in the AVID program from 2003-2006. I taught as an adjunct faculty member at FPU from 2003-2006. I am currently pursuing a teacher consultant position for Teacher's Curriculum Institute.
Honors and Awards
- Teacher Award - Hardest Worker, Central High School West Campus, 2005
- Teacher Award - Most Passionate, Central High School West Campus, 2004
- Teacher of the Year Nominee, California League of High Schools, 2003
- Graduate School Dean's Award, Fresno Pacific University, 2003
- Outstanding Teacher Candidate, Fresno Pacific University, 1999
- Summa Cum Laude, University of California, San Diego, 1998
- Provost's Scholar, Eleanor Roosevelt College, University of California, San Diego, 1998
It has been a joy for me to work with the faculty in the teacher education program. I have benefited immeasurably from the mentorship of Bobbi Mason. I have enjoyed developing relationships with the students I work with as an instructor and university mentor.
My family is my greatest commitment and joy. I was born and raised in the Fresno area. I continue to be nurtured by a large, extended network of family and family friends. I am learning more than I ever imagined from my two young children, Alex (2 years) and Anna (3 months). I love to travel and be active. I play tennis regularly and golf occasionally.