About the PrincipalI am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Monte Vista community and to serve as principal. My passion for children, teaching, and learning are among the strengths that I bring to Monte Vista. As an instructional leader, I value working collaboratively with others to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of all students. In a very short time, I have come to learn Monte Vista is a school where there are high expectations for all, and children are at the heart of every decision. It is a school where the staff values each other’s contributions and thrive on working together. It is a school that takes pride in the strong parent & school partnerships formed over the years. I am proud to call Monte Vista my new home, and to lead this fine school into the 2016-2017 school year.
I’d like to share a little bit about myself. I was born in N.J., but have lived most of my life in Arizona. I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Arizona State University. I have been in education for 27 years, 25 of which were in the Kyrene School District. While teaching in the Kyrene School District, I completed my Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University and my Principal Certification in the Educational Leadership Program through Northern Arizona University.
During my years in Kyrene, I worked at Paloma Elementary School in various roles. I began as a Special Education resource teacher and went on to teach second, third, and fourth grade. For four years, I also served as the math and literacy coach. After 20 wonderful years in Kyrene, I had the opportunity to serve as an Arizona Turnaround Coach at Cesar Chavez Community School in Phoenix, supporting the school in improving academic achievement. Prior to being named principal of Monte Vista, I served as Dean for five years at both Kyrene del Milenio and Kyrene de las Manitas. Outside of school, I enjoy taking frequent trips up north to my cabin, spending quality time with family and friends, and taking long hikes with my dog Wiley. I am an avid reader, always in search of a good book!