I was born and raised in Torrance, California. I graduated from West Torrance High School before attending Biola University, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. At Biola, I studied and was trained as a creative teacher, educated in developmental and counseling theories, and increased my skills in leadership and programming. As a leader and pastor in youth ministry for ten years, I refined my abilities as a teacher, gained valuable experience understanding the needs of students, and led a team of adult leaders. Experience as a substitute teacher and Sylvan Learning instructor, allowed for the acquisition of skills in classroom management and individualized instruction. I gained further appreciation for the special needs of students, applying academic and behavioral supports as a one-to-one aide for a child with autism. After enrolling in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Intern Program, I earned a Clear Level II Education Specialist credential; gaining effective, practical experience creating a classroom environment that promoted student success, implementing differentiated instructional strategies, and scaffolding curricular content for diverse learners; as well as serving as the Special Education department chair, while teaching at San Pedro High School. I chose to expand my education and completed my Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at California State University, Long Beach, thus furthering my instructional expertise, as well as gaining an understanding in best practices for creating curriculum that educates the whole student. I transitioned to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) as a Resource Specialist teacher at Ridgecrest Intermediate School, collaborating in the math and Language Arts classes to differentiate instruction for students. To broaden my knowledge and experience as an educational leader, I pursued a credential in Educational Administration from CSULB to further my growth as an educational leader. Most recently, I have completed the requirements to clear my Administrative Services Credential. I have served as an Assistant Principal at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, the Associate Principal of Counseling and Guidance at Palos Verdes High School, Assistant Principal of the PVPUSD Intermediate Distance Learning Academy, and currently the Assistant Principal at Ridgecrest Intermediate School.