Degrees and Certifications:
1. What specific classes do you teach?
Health and Wellness.
2. Do you currently advise any clubs or coach and sports?
I am one of the orginal staff members who opened GBHS back in 1995. I have been the Health and Wellness Department Coordinator since this time. For the first eight years, I coached the swim team.
3. What are your after school hobbies?
My husband and I have a sailboat that we keep in a marina in the San Francisco Bay. We love to take off on a Friday afternoon and spend the weekend sailing to different locations on the bay. We are proud grand parents of Zoey, who is our four year old granddaughter. Zoey loves to go sailing with us.
4. Do you have any kids?
My husband, Rick and I have three kids and five grand kids. Out younger two sons, Ryan and Kevin, graduated GBHS in 2000 and 2006.
5. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names and breed?
We have two dachshunds named Lulu and Lola. They go everywhere with us.
6. What was your favorite class when you were in high school?
Biology and PE.
7. When you were in school what did you think your future job would be?
I orginally set out to be a nurse. I took all of my undergrad work in the sciences. Due to life changes (kids, my husband's career in law enforcement) I needed a career that would work with our family, so I chose teaching Health. All of my undergrad courses were needed for my Health degree.
8. What inspired you to be a teacher?
At first my motivation to becoming a teacher was to have a job that did not conflict with my kid's school and sport schedules. My husband worked for the CHP and was working crazy hours so it was impossible for my to work nights and weekends (as nursing would demand). As I got accepted into the teaching program I instantly became inspired to share my knowledge and passion for health and wellness.
9. What is your favorite part of your job? What is your least favorite?
My favorite part of my job is watching young teens take ownership of their health and accept the idea that health is for life and no one will manage it better than they will. My least favorite part is grading long projects, teaching large class sizes of 39 students, and the future expectations of using technology to enhance learning.
10. Do you have an interesting story or fact about yourself that you would be comfortable in sharing?
I try and be a positive role model for my students. I ran a marathon a few years back. For now, my running days are over because I sustained a serious fracture on my ankle while coming down out of a coconut tree when we went to the BVI on a sailing excursion. I have 2 plates and 15 screws holding my ankle together. Now I focus on interval training, swimming, biking and yoga to stay fit.
11. If you had to use three words to describe yourself what would they be?
Athletic, organized, enthusiastic.