Experienced Instructional Designer, focused on integrating Social and Emotional Learning into school design and educator development

Skilled in Instructional Design, Public Speaking, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, and Storytelling

Expertise in Coaching/Mentoring, Social and Emotional Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Positive-Behavior Intervention Supports , Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and NWEA data


2019-2020 Classroom Teacher focused on Brain-Based Practices

     Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

2017-2019  District Data/MTSS/PBIS Coach

     Pajaro Valley Unified School District

2014-2017  Instructional Designer

     New Teacher Center

2011-2014   Mentor/Instructional Coach 

     Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project

2001-2011   Elementary Teacher, K-8

     Pajaro Valley Unified School District

     Saint Andrews Episcopal School

1998-2001  Writer/Editor

     Author: Front Range Rider: A Mountain Biking Guidebook

     Rocky Mountain Parent Magazine

     Staff Writer: Northern Colorado Business Report

     Editor: Fort-Collins Loveland Parent Magazine


Master of Arts in Education and Human Development
George Washington University

*Jerry Trout Award for Educational Excellence

Masters Courses in New Media Design
Academy of Art University 

Master Class in Novel Writing

Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Technical Communications Colorado State University 
UCLA Extension    

Certified K-8 California Teacher 

Design & Delivery of Professional Development


2019 Professional Presentations

2019 CA MTSS Professional Learning Institute, Long Beach

2019 CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Exchange, Chicago

2019 Inclusion Collaborative State Conference, Santa Clara

Strengths-based, Whole-Child Data Analysis

Pajaro Valley Unified School District professional development for instructional leaders on strengths-based approach to data analysis

New Teacher Center Instructional Design & Delivery

Professional Learning Series for Mentors: Face to Face Professional Learning for districts nationwide, reaching more than 4 million students

Achieving Leaders- Effective Schools:  Designed professional development for New Teacher Center School Leadership Program

CA CORE District and NTC Social and Emotional Learning Series: Instructional design and presenter for California CORE districts webinar series

Better Together: California Teachers Summit: Facilitator

Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project

Equity Forum Series: Equity forums for Bay Area mentors and coaches

Professional Learning Series for California eMentors: Design and delivery of online learning for mentors

Educator Stories: The Impact of Our Own Narrative

Reframe our narratives as educators and students by using storytelling as an engagement strategy

Professional Trainings & Certifications

California Clear Multiple Subject BCLAD

All Kinds of Minds: A Neurodevelopmental Framework  

SEL101: Build a Foundation Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools 

Standards Institute Common Core State Standards training   

Redesigning K-2 Literacy Student Achievement Partners  

Our Community Listens Three-day communications skills course