Meet Our Team
5th grade ELA & Social Studies
One thing to know about me is that I’m a proud elementary teacher. My profession is challenging, creative, and important. I want my classroom to reflect my belief that a school is a special place where there is time to wonder, investigate, and learn. Since 2006, I have taught fifth grade at SRACS. I feel like our school provides an opportunity for a child to take their boat out of the rushing water, come ashore and develop a little bit before getting back into the current. I am grateful to spend my days with fifth graders. I think they are smart, funny, and interesting. My family moved to Santa Rosa in 2004 from Ukiah and my daughter attended SRACS’ first fifth-grade class. I grew up in the East Bay. I got my BA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and my teaching credential from Fresno State in 1988. I taught elementary school in the Central Valley, including GATE magnet classes. For the past few years, I have worked with Santa Rosa City Schools, Curriculum and Development, writing grade-level literacy units for all fifth-grade students. I am currently working on a GATE certificate from the University of Irvine.
5th grade Math & Science
I've been teaching math and science at SRACS since 2008. I taught math and programming to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Evanston, Illinois while a student at Northwestern University. In the years between, I worked in the educational technology industry as a designer and producer and got a master's degree focused on math education from Sonoma State University. I love teaching math, computational thinking, and science and learn something new every day from my students. My hobbies are trail hiking, crewing ultra-marathons, photography/video, camping, sailing, gardening, and playing the flute.
6th grade ELA & Social Studies
It is with so much pride and anticipation that I start the 2021-22 school year as the sixth grade humanities teacher! I have spent the last 25+ years as a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at RVMS, and I feel like I have so much to offer our sixth graders as they prepare for the big leap into middle school. In my years at Rincon, I have always been so impressed with the abilities of the SRACS students who came through my classes. I now know why: SRACS is a very special place for students to grow as creative and critical thinkers. Over the last four years, I have taught part time at RVMS and part time at SRACS, and I have learned so much from the other SRACS teachers (especially Anna Williams, founding teacher of SRACS) about how to nurture the traits that make SRACS students so successful as they proceed through their academic careers. I have so many interests: spending time outdoors camping or hiking, listening to all kinds of music, hanging out with friends, traveling to new places, getting lost in a great novel, and most of all, spending time with my family and pets. I love all animals, and I have very strong convictions about the healing power of pets, especially dogs. I am always game for a good pet story!
6th grade Math & Science
Being older and having taught for quite a while this can be an intimidating process so I decided to share with you what I think you need to know about me as a teacher. First, I love to learn new things and the lens that I look at most things from is a systems lens. I try to think about the parts, interactions and functions of both living and non-living systems. Second, is I like to work hard in a playful way, this can be trying to see how many different ways I can solve a math problem or what I can learn about the geology of a place while I dig a post hole. I feel I joined the team of humans and I want to do more than my fair share of being a part of the team. The last thing I will share with you is my experience as a coach. I have coached lego robotics for over 15 years and I have learned a lot about the system of coaching. Individuals and teams are all different but I always feel that each team I work with learns that individuals have strengths and struggles. The more they can share their strengths and struggles the better the team performs. The lesson I try to pass on to students is that the more they are willing to be themselves the better things tend to go. Well, I hope that gives you a little sense of me.
I am excited to be a part of the SRACS community this school year! Although I am new to the district, I spent the past 6 years teaching band and orchestra in Redwood City and Petaluma, California. I have wanted to be a band teacher since the 5th grade, and now I am pursuing my life-long dream! I received both my bachelor's in music education and teaching credential from Sonoma State University. I am passionate about instilling my love for music in my students and watching them grow as musicians under my tutelage. In my free time, I enjoy playing the clarinet and saxophone with local music groups, camping, cooking, and caring for my adorable cat and 2 pet rats!
I am excited to be back and teaching band at SRACS again this year! This will be my 7th year teaching for SRACS and 8th at my primary position at Maria Carrillo High School. I studied Music Education in my undergraduate degree program at Sonoma State University and graduated with honors in 2012. After teaching for a few years, I pursued and obtained a Master's Degree from Michigan State University in 2018. I am a professional reed player, focusing primarily on the clarinet and saxophone, and an avid performer within the community! I have played in just about any type of group you can imagine; from a rock band to a jazz band, I have played in musicals as well as in professional orchestras all over California! I am excited to get this amazing generation of students rolling in their music education.
I have been teaching Physical Education since 2012 and I have loved every minute of it. I received my degree in Kinesiology as well as my teaching credential from Sonoma State University. I love physical activity and working with kids so teaching Physical Education was a no brainer for me. My wife is a teacher at Yulupa elementary school and we have two children together. In my free time, I love to rock climb, mountain bike, camp, play guitar, read, and spend time with my family.