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         I have been involved in education, in a variety of roles, for 28 years. In the beginning, I spent countless hours volunteering in my children’s classrooms, which is why I have a deep appreciation for all the amazing Ashley Falls' parent volunteers. I was, then, hired by the Clark County School District, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to train all their cafeteria managers on their new computers. When that responsibility was complete, I was offered the cafeteria manager position at my children’s elementary school. I jumped at the opportunity because it would allow me to become involved with my true passion; building strong reading skills and comprehension, and a love of reading in students. Since the cafeteria manager position was part time, I was able to start a reading program for third graders who were behind in their reading ability. After enjoying this for seven years, I resigned to follow my husband to Georgia where he started a new position in his career. Thankfully, this led to more opportunities for me in education. The Jackson County School District originally hired me as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a non-verbal autistic sixth grader. This led to a high school media center paraprofessional position where I met my mentor. She convinced me to pursue a media specialist degree so I could take over when she retired. While pursuing my degree, I created and maintained a learning environment for all the school district’s online learners. Thankfully, I completed my media specialist degree in time to move into my mentor’s position; however, the economic downturn resulted in my school district needing to let go some media specialists. Since I had many other strengths. I was asked to build a Mac Lab and was eventually offered the graduation coach position. Both positions were quite challenging and rewarding. Graduation Coach was the position I held when my husband was offered a new career opportunity in San Diego. Within a couple months r of my move to San Diego, I applied for and was offered the library media specialist position at Ashley Falls. This is my sixth year in the Del Mar Union School District and I am, daily, appreciative of the interaction I am afforded with my students and their parents, coworkers, and administrators.

         On a personal note, I have been married for 38 years. My husband, Allan, and I have two children, Lindsey and Dustin, and three grandsons, Liam, Coen, and Oliver. We, also, have a foreign exchange daughter, Jovana, who lived with us throughout her senior year of high school. She returned to her home country, Montenegro, but we keep in contact with her because we love her as if she were our own daughter. My hobbies include reading (of course), biking, camping, hiking, cooking, baking, gardening, and traveling. My favorite destination is Georgia so I can visit my son and his family.

    Education and Certifications

     

    Bachelor of Information Technology: Western International University

    Masters of Education/Instructional Technology: Georgia Southern University

    K-12 Media Specialist Certification

    Exceptional Children Certification