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About Me:

In 2007, I accepted my first official job in education. I would be teaching English Language Development (ELD) at a middle school in Beaverton, Oregon. I feel so fortunate to still be in the same role, serving a community that has become my extended family.

I have a B.S. from Brigham Young University in Special Education with a second major in Spanish, and an M.Ed. from the American College of Education in Teaching English Language Learners. While I've enjoyed teaching newcomer through advanced ELD, I feel like I do some of my most meaningful work at the intersection of English Language Learners who have disabilities. I love the puzzle and creativity behind unlocking a student’s potential, and watching them gain skills and confidence.

I learned many of the skills that serve me best as a teacher, from growing up with a disability myself. I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and have used a wheelchair all my life. My current chair is a lovely shade of purple, and her name is Lydia. I think medical talk about disability makes boring conversation, but the actual, lived experience of disability is an endless source of interesting discussions.

Having grown up in the Seattle area and landed in the Portland area, I have a very Northwest soul. This is unfortunate, since I also never get tired of the sun. Although I often feel like teaching is my entire life, some of my other favorite things include: reading, writing, group singing, playing with my niece and nephews, tacos, chocolate, bright colors, good conversations, and introverted me-time!

Fun Facts:

  • I love learning the equivalent of “eeny meeny miny moe” rhymes in other languages.

  • I once played a role in Portlandia, and now IMDB thinks I’m an actress.

  • I’m not really an actress… But I’d be willing to become one.

  • I had pet ducklings for a semester in college. (Don’t tell my landlord.)

  • I’m an encyclopedia of Gilmore Girls trivia.

  • No matter how many times you try to explain (American) football to me, I’ll never pay attention long enough to understand.

 

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