I grew up not too far from Needles in the quiet and spacious town of Newberry Springs. Following graduation as Salutatorian from Silver Valley High School, I moved to beautiful Lake Havasu City to attend Mohave Community College (MCC). After earning my Associates Degree in Psychology from MCC, I moved to Riverside, CA, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). After graduating from UCR, I began spending my days as a substitute teacher in Riverside Unified School District and spending my evenings working towards my Masters’ Degree in Education and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential through Azusa Pacific University (APU).
Shortly after graduating from APU, I moved back to Lake Havasu City and accepted a position with Needles Unified School District as an Elementary Special Education Teacher. After 4 years in the classroom, I applied and was offered the position of School Psychologist. After nearly a decade in this position, I am still convinced that I have the best job in the world! As the School Psychologist, I have the opportunity to work directly with students with disabilities as well collaboratively with parents and educators to design educational programs to ensure that no child is left behind. With a desire to continually grow both personally and professionally, I recently took on the administrative responsibilities of Coordinator of Special Education.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I met my husband shortly after graduating from high school. This summer, we will be celebrating our 12 year anniversary. We have three amazing and adorable children, all boys. Our boys keep me on my toes with their adventurous spirits and endless amounts of energy. Together we enjoy taking trips to visit extended family, playing sports, riding quads, watching movies, spending time with friends, attending community events, and playing on the beautiful Colorado River. Our family also includes several furry and not-so-furry friends including a dog, a cat, two ferrets, a desert tortoise, and several fish. Something that most people don’t know about me is that I spent one summer working at the Von Steuben Hotel in Germany. Something that most of my close friends know about me is that I am a terrible cook.
What I want people to understand most about me is that I am passionate about my family as well as my career. As the School Psychologist and Coordinator of Special Education, I am committed to helping children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. I work as a team with parents and educators to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students.