Hello Stebbins Grizzlies! Teaching in a rural community setting is a passion of mine and one that has led me to teach in a small township in South Africa and native children deep in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru, but I am most excited to be here with your students in Stebbins, AK.
I grew up in San Diego, California and competed in swim and water polo. I have a sister, Elise, two nephews, Connor, 5, Nathan, 4, a brother, Ben, and a sister-in-law, Nicole. I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Hotel Management. Managing for Hyatt Hotels brought me to Massachusetts where I eventually left hotels to pursue my true passion, teaching. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and a Reading Specialist license from Lesley University. Before moving to Alaska and working in the Lower Kuskokwim for two years, I taught in MA for 6 years.
While in Kipnuk I was blessed to work with and learn from the NYO team. It was that year that I fell in love with the sport and would consider it one of my favorite sports. Cats are my favorite animal, I pet every puppy I see, and love fruit snacks. When not teaching I really enjoy feasts, reading, listening to podcasts of my favorite preachers, time at the ocean, hiking and random adventures, as well as FaceTime conversations with my nephews.
I was born and raised in St. Michael, Alaska. I moved to Stebbins in 1995 and have worked at WBB School for 6 years.
Before coming to work for the school I had a variety of positions, including Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Coordinator, Certified Community Health Aide Practitioner/EMT III, and St. Michael Postmaster.
I’ve also held volunteer positions on the Board of Directors for Tapraq, Inc. - a non-profit social service organization, on the City Council for both Stebbins and St. Michael, and have been an AEC member here in Stebbins.
Working at the school I like watching the children learn and grow together, and I enjoy helping to instill unity and pride with the children and community.
When I’m not at work I love to cook and bake. I love to subsistence gather and hunt with family and friends. I love basketball and watching movies.
This school year I’m looking forward to being a basketball coach to create unity, pride, and confidence in our children, school and community.