I am so happy that you are a part of my life for this 2018/2019 school year. I wanted to provide you with a brief bio about me as we get to know each other this year.
First of all, this is my 17th year here at Sierra Vista. I can truly call Sierra Vista my home as I started my teaching career here teaching 8th grade U.S. history. I have a bachelor’s degree in History, a single-subject CLAD credential in Social Studies and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum. I have previously been the department chair of the history department and have headed the Professional Development team here at Sierra Vista. I work with a team of energetic and creative history and team teachers and that is what makes my job so much fun. I am currently the team leader for the Majestic Mountaineers and am really excited about our upcoming year.
On the home front, I have been married for 17 years to a wonderful man named Jose. Jose is a police homicide detective and works hard at what he does to make our community safe. We have a beautiful 13 year old daughter named Brianna. She will be starting 8th grade in the fall and plays club soccer for FFSC out here in Santa Clarita. She has been playing soccer since she was 5 and still loves it! We plan to watch her take the field in the many tournaments she will be playing in as well as when the season starts in September. She is kind, funny and is extremely loving especially to her sister. Vivianna is my youngest daughter and will be turning 4 in early January. She is full of energy and loves to read, sing and dance. My family is truly my heartbeat.
In my spare time, I love traveling to places I have never been. I have been involved with the D.C. Club here at Sierra Vista and have served as the Washington D.C. Coordinator. I have taken about 50 students each year to places such as D.C, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Jamestown, Williamsburg and New York City. I no longer coordinate the trip but my colleague Ms. Kontis has taken the torch. It's such a fun trip that I recommend every 8th grader experience if you can. I have decided that this year I will chaperone the trip and I will be encouraging as many of my students to come along with us in June on a truly memorable historic trip. I enjoy cooking, reading and decorating in my spare time. I also enjoy music. Some of my favorite artists include: Mariah Carey, Sade, and Kenny G, to name a few. But, I also like a variety of music and students are always keeping me current letting me in on who is popular right now. I think the it song of the Summer is In my Feelings by Drake. (My daughter keeps me current!) I also enjoy going to the movies and watching the classic “Black and White” classic movies at home. My all time favorite actresses are Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I love all types of movies but I especially enjoy comedies.
Well, that was all about me for now, I’m sure you’ll learn more about me as the year goes on. I can’t wait to learn more about you this year. You have joined my family for the 2018-2019 school year and I as I have previously stated, my family is my heartbeat. That means you will become part of my heartbeat this year and for eternity. We are going to have an awesome year and I'm honored to have the privilege of being your history teacher this year. See you in class!