“Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing, Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be successful”


    A little look into my summer....

    Traveled to Puerto Vallarta! Enjoyed some much needed family time and relaxation. 

    Picture of sunset at Puerto Vallarta  

    Then I saved the best for last....meet Sheldon! The newest member of our team of amazing people in our classroom. 


    Picture of facility dog Sheldon



    A little about me...

    This will be my fourth year in the Del Mar Union School District. I was born and raised in the North Country. I attended Del Mar Heights and Ashley Falls for my elementary schooling. I am an alumni of Loyola Marymount University and Cal State San Marcos. My favorite flower is a sunflower. In my free time I love to have quality time with my family and friends, go to the beach, travel and cook!


    Background and Credentials 

    -Loyola Marymount University, BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education

    -Loyola Marymount University, Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

    -California State University, San Marcos, MS in Education

    -California State University, San Marcos, Education Specialist Credential

    -Behavior Interventionist experience

    -Clinician providing intensive reading instruction experience


    Meet Sheldon

     Sheldon with backpack, glasses and apple. Ready for school! Sheldon swimming

    Sheldon is a facility dog from Canine Companions for Indepedence who will be working with all the students at Sycamore Ridge. Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs that partner with a facilitator (myself) in a professional setting. Canine Companions facility dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire students with special needs. 


    Sheldon is a 2 year old Golden Retriever. He was carefully bred and expertly trained by Canine Companions specifically for this type of work, so he is not only friendly and fun, he is also very sweet and gentle. Sheldon was provided by Canine Companions free of charge. 

    Some things to know!

    • Sheldon provides therapy in a designated room 
    • Sheldon is required to be properly identified at all time as a working facility dog with a vest
    • Sheldon remains with the teacher while on property. When not providing services, he is in his bed or crate
    • Please always ask before you pet Sheldon; he loves to shake hands, but it's important to ask first because he is working and we don't want to distract him.