I grew up on the 34 mile-long island of Guam, my home, where I learned how to be generous, ride a caribou, eat massive amounts of carbohydrates, and how to put family first. I also learned that there is a great inequity in education, one that I want to help eradicate. I love making sure each child feels safe, loved, challenged and supported in our classroom. Hanging out with teenagers gives me hope. They have beautiful ideas and analytical questions and I love using their ideas to create projects that are authentic and purposeful. I have taught high school and middle school Humanities at several of the High Tech High schools since 2008 and am excited to continue my thirteenth year of teaching at High Tech High Mesa. I also served as an Associate Director of Admission at Pepperdine University, where I received my undergraduate degree in English and Writing/Rhetoric. I have also completed coursework toward my Master’s in Business Administration at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and will graduate from Harvard University’s School Leadership program in 2022, when my son Cayden graduates high school! I love learning and am constantly reading about what we can do to improve our education system so that children are encouraged to love themselves, love others, and love learning. When I’m not designing projects for High Tech, I am running on the beach, hanging out with Cayden, watching him play sports, reading books because they help me escape, and adding and crossing off items on my bucket list. Travel is my favorite thing to do! I can’t wait to get to know you!