¡Hola! What started as an interest and desire to learn the Spanish language turned into a full-time teaching career. God opened unexpected doors for me, and I absolutely love that He has led me to teach at New Hope Christian School.
I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. I attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture. For nine years after graduating, I managed the greenhouses and gardens for the Biological Sciences Department at the University of California in Irvine.
After moving to Grants Pass in 1990, I taught Spanish for Rogue Community College, R.E.A.D Institute, Three Rivers School District, and NHCS. I’m often asked how I learned to speak Spanish. Well, I took a Spanish class every school year, starting in the sixth grade! During my college years, I participated in a Spanish immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and my summer horticultural jobs in California always gave me the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish. After college I continued taking advanced Spanish classes, and I traveled quite a bit throughout Mexico.
My husband Art and I enrolled our two daughters at NHCS in 2002, and within a year, God had a place here for me as well. I teach Earth Science, Life Science, Spanish I, II, and III, and I am ACSI certified. In addition to teaching at NHCS, I currently teach Spanish 101 and 102 at Rogue Community College.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, traveling, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with students. It is a blessing to be with students and staff who share a love for Jesus Christ and are dependent upon the Word of God as it applies to all aspects of their lives. “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” Psalm 86:11