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Biographical Sketch

Superintendent’s Biography

  • Worked in a variety of child care, camp and special education settings in college, including as a Children’s Program Director at a family camp in Sequoia National Forest for 10 years
  • BA-Liberal Studies/MA in Special Education from California State University Northridge
  • Started in education as a teacher’s aide in 1985
  • Taught 5th/6th grade in LAUSD for two years 1986-87 while completing a special education credential and master’s degree
  • Taught special education in public schools from 1987-1992
  • Taught Preschool and worked as Sales and Promotions for a Cross Country Ski Lodge/Family Camp for a year
  • Taught Middle School at the California School for the Deaf 1993-1995
  • Worked in Pajaro Valley Unified School District from 1995-2012
    • General education and Special Education Teacher
    • Instructional Coach/Literacy Coach
    • Assistant Principal
    • Principal
  • Long-time member and teacher leader with the California Reading and Literature Project
  • Contributing author and/or trainer for educational programs, including Data-Driven Decision Making, Data Team Success Stories, Systematic ELD, Results and Houghton Mifflin Reading
  • K-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Santa Cruz City Schools, 2012-2017
  • Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Hollister School District, 2017-2019
  • Completed a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Brandman University (Spring 2019)