I am a San Jose native who attended Piedmont Hills High School and then obtained a BA degree in French from San Jose State University. I then obtained my Career Technical Education credential from UC Berkeley Extension and eventually an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Prior to teaching, I worked in retail and that is where my career as a teacher began to take shape. I hired high school students who were enrolled in a Marketing class. The teacher would perform visits to the job sites and upon talking to her, I found the job fascinating. So when she retired I applied for and got the position.
I have now worked as a high school teacher for the past 33 years: 20 of them teaching Marketing and Business Ownership, and the last 13 teaching Work Experience Education. I earned my MBA in 2003 and have completed and received an Adult Education credential to teach Career Education, Computerized Accounting, Hospitality and Tourism, Marketing, and French/Italian. As part of my teaching role, I help secure work-based learning opportunities for our students by connecting with local businesses. I speak fluent Italian, Sicilian, French, and some Spanish. I am the Heritage and Culture Chairperson of our Sicilian Sisterhood Women's Club and I also served on the Executive Board of CAWEE (California Association of Work Experience Educators) for the past 10 years. I am also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma; my local chapter is Zeta Psi. One of my other career interests would be to serve as a corporate consultant in the areas of employee morale, customer service, and business ethics. I would also like to bridge the gap between the staffing needs of organizations and the qualified applicant pool available to meet those needs. I would love to serve as a job coach for young people with little work experience and/or displaced workers rejoining the work force.
Specialties: I am organized and articulate. I enjoy training and job coaching and I have excellent communication skills. I am also good at planning and coordinating events. I love to write and have produced several company newsletters for both the personal and professional organizations to which I belong.
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my husband Paul and our two turtles, Barney and Betty. Paul and I love playing and watching tennis and hanging out with friends. Our love for the Lord brought us together and continues to sustain us today.