I was born and raised just up the mountain from Chico in the small timber town of Chester, California. My family roots in that area can be traced back as far back as the 1800's. My extended family in the Lake Almanor basin is made up of blue-collar workers: building contractors, small business owners, nurses, teachers, wildland firefighters, members of the military, food services workers, a forester, an engineer, as well as stay-at-home parents. I have grown up understanding the many perspectives of people and believe our local representation should reflect the diversity of its constituents.
I graduated from Chester Jr/Sr High School in 2003 and attended UC Davis to earn my Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. After completing my undergraduate studies in 2007, I moved back to Chester and began coaching basketball and substitute teaching. Excited by working with our youth every day, I decided to further my career working with teens and became a science teacher. I attended CSU Chico for my teaching credential and completed my certification as an intern at Chester Jr/Sr High school. I spent 4 years teaching 7-12th grade science in a variety of courses in nearly every scientific topic. In 2013 I moved to Chico to teach at Marsh Junior High School, where I have continuously grown in my profession and as a teacher-leader in our community. In 2019, I completed my Master of Science degree in Land Resources and Environmental Science from Montana State University. My focus was on timber land management and watershed restoration. The program was primarily online, and that gave me a whole new perspective on how to best teach my students, as well as perspective for what the potential holds for remote learning.
While many challenges have occurred in our society this year, 2020 has presented opportunities for self-reflection and growth among all the changes to our everyday lives. A bright point during this time was the birth of my daughter in February, and I am excited as to what the positive changes may mean for her future. I have always been a champion of the people, lending my voice to those who feel they don't have a place to speak or who may be too timid to stand up for themselves. I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and go to work for something I believe in. I intend to do just that for our students, families, and staff of Chico Unified School district and by extension our Chico area communities during my term as a Governing Board Member.