I am very excited to come to Leigh High as the Activities Director for the 2019-2020 academic year! My general philosophy regarding education is that when you create safe spaces where students and staff feel welcomed and supported (inclusive and socially-emotionally focused learning environments), then individuals can be their best authentic selves. This reduction of barriers encourages people to have a voice within their organization, be visionary and collaborative, and ultimately work towards the building and sustainment of culture and community. Once this is achieved, meaningful learning experiences, professional growth, and a deeper understanding of self in context of whole can lead to innovation and change, culminating in the creation of better interactions and a better world.
For the past 7 years, I have served Monroe Middle School as a core teacher and Activities Director, where I was recently recognized as Teacher of the Year. Educationally, I completed my undergraduate studies at UC San Diego, earned a Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California, and my Doctorate in Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC (Fight On!). My doctoral thesis focused on how schools evaluate and understand student learning in an era of common standards (standards-based grading). I have taught both in the US and internationally, specifically in South Korea. I hold an administrative credential from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and am a nationally recognized Digital Certified Educator. As a classroom teacher, my pedagogy drew largely from AVID and GLAD strategies. As a leadership teacher, my practical experience draws from the 7 years I served as a Director at Galileo Learning, leading innovation camps in San Jose-Almaden, Menlo Park, and Saratoga.
In addition to my commitment to education and the broader Campbell/San Jose community, I proudly serve our country in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist. In my spare time, I love to browse the book aisles and read, play Starcraft and Warcraft, and enjoy watching/playing various sports, especially football and basketball. I am also a huge Magic the Gathering fan, and absolutely love the game of chess.