Choosing an educator for your child is one of the most important choices you can make; I am honored you are considering me.
In 2000, I earned a Master's in Education from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I have teaching credentials in both California and Hawaii. I have over 20 years of professional teaching experience – including a wealth of experiences with diverse schools and students.
My first ten years as an educator were as a high school language arts teacher. After leaving the classroom, I transitioned to working as the site administrator for a hybrid online/in-person charter school. During my time there, my role of teacher took backseat to problem solver and support command. I was a teacher, counselor, advisor, administrator, and an always-available support system for students and families in grades K – 12.
For the last 10+ years, I have been working independently with families as a private educator, a supplementary educator to alternately educated children, an educational consultant, an admissions counselor, and a tutor. Additionally, I judge student writing contests for The New York Times Learning Network. I evaluate up to 500 submissions annually, allowing me to engage with student writing from a cross-section of the world.
I have taught students in kindergarten through eleventh grade; I have had the privilege of working with multiple families continually for over 7 years. I’ve concurrently taught middle school algebra and language arts, helped little ones improve literacy skills, worked with students with learning disabilities, provided college counseling, taught Spanish and high school math, and helped guide families with choices for their child’s education. My views on education have grown and transitioned with every new family and year.
In addition to a wonderful career as a teacher, my biggest success is raising my adult son, Owen. He is kind, caring, compassionate, and an amazing waterman.
Education has been in the foreground of my role with children, but I’m also their aunty, their mentor, a reliable adult, and a caregiver. I adore my students and appreciate the gratitude I get from their families.
Helping kids to love to learn is my passion. My goal is to help each child I teach have the confidence to learn anything. I am a strong believer that private and small group instruction allow children to learn at their own pace and to be completely engaged in their education.
I have been involved in education for over 40 years, both on the Mainland and in Hawai’i. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Education in Elementary Education from University of Hawai’i and I am certified by the Hawai’i Department of Education for kindergarten through sixth grade. I interned at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo, Hanahau’oli School, Punahou School, and several public schools in Honolulu.
I began my career at Island School on Kaua’i, in its early days, and later taught in Connecticut and Vermont. While raising my three children in New York State, I stayed involved in education by volunteering in their classrooms, serving on the PTA, and with the Board of Education.
In 2010, I returned to Kaua’i and became re-certified to teach in Hawai’i. I taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades at Hanalei Elementary School. I now tutor and home-school children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
I live in Princeville with my husband. Between us, we have five children living in California and Hawai’i. Aside from teaching, I enjoy running, paddling outrigger canoes, hiking, cooking, and reading.