My first 10 years of life were spent in a small southern Arkansas town named Smackover. There were only about 2,000 people there at that time. It was in the mid sixties and there was something called segregation there that separated the black people from the white. We lived separately, went to different movies, restrooms, drinking fountains and schools. This was when I learned that even though many people had strong beliefs about something, that didn’t mean that they were right or that the beliefs were good. This was an important lesson for a 10 year old child. This was when I started to question the motives behind some people’s thinking. My parents always taught me that all people should be treated equally, so why was this happening in my town? Luckily for me, we moved to California soon after. Because of this experience, I will always fight for people to be treated equally, no matter what our differences are. We should all be valued and respected for our own individual worth and contributions to society.
When we moved, we first lived in Orange
County in a city named Buena Park with my aunt
and uncle. That was too much of a change for my folks so we moved to a more
rural area in between Riverside and San Bernardino called
Grand Terrace. There I went to Terrace Hills Junior High and Colton High School.
Later I went to Cal State San Bernardino and found work. I have had many jobs
over the years. I have worked in construction with my dad, was a Pharmacy Technician,
an IV Technician and then the Information Systems Technician for the pharmacy
in a large university hospital, sold real estate and finally became a classroom
teacher. After several years of teaching, I decided to get a Master’s Degree in
Library and Information Science at San
Jose State University. I now have a Bachelor’s
Degree, a Master’s Degree and two teaching credentials, one in Multiple
Subjects and one in Library and Information Services. I have many wonderful and
fulfilling memories of teaching in the classroom, which I did for 10 years, but
my memories of working with my dad are the best because we really got to spend
a lot of quality time together before he passed away.
Teaching has had a large influence on my family. My mother was a 5th grade teacher and taught preschool in the summer at our home. I was one of her students and enjoyed seeing her in her professional mode. Other aunts, uncles and cousins were and are teachers. My sister and her husband recently retired from 35 years of teaching in Riverside and are now living in Laguna Woods at a place called Leisure World. I hope to retire in about 7 years or so, but probably not in Leisure World.
My previous school is called Pacific High and is in San Bernardino. It has about 2,500 students and around 100 faculty. I enjoyed working hard and making friends with students and staff and was there for 5 years as their Library Teacher. I have always wanted to live near the ocean, however, and this is why I made the move to Chula Vista High School. I was also very impressed with the website and the SCPA information. This school is a terrific place to work and learn. The students here are happy, motivated and have good attitudes about learning. I am pleased and proud to be here.
As for hobbies, I like to take my family camping in our
motor home. I also like to ride my Harley when I can. Photography has
always been a great interest of mine as well as astronomy and, of course, reading.
My favorite books are My Life by Bill Clinton because he wrote about
growing up in Arkansas
and because it outlined all of his major accomplishments while he was in office.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is also a favorite because I found it
difficult to put down, it was filled with suspense and lots of action.
There are thousands of quotes about libraries but I think
that my favorite one is this: “The
library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from
Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn
from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring,
and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of
the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our
awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future
can all be tested by how well we support our libraries”.