- California State University, Long Beach CA - Master of Arts, Education Librarianship, Sept 2006 - June 2008
- California State University, Fullerton - Master of Science, Education Leadership Sept 2002 - June 2004
- Vanguard University, Costa Mesa - Bachelor of Arts Sept 1982 - June 1985
Director of Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries, Encinitas Union School District, Encinitas CA Sept 2011 - Present
Responsible for professional development, innovation, and integration of new literacies including STEM, CTE programs, outreach to educational partners, and personalized learning including school library programs.
Technology, Information Literacy Coordinator, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA Sept 2010 - 2017
Established the first electives for middle and elementary school students that implemented the California Model School Library Standards into a stand alone classroom context as a means of educational technology integration. Each year these classes have been recognized by the Orange County Department of Education through the CTAP Student Technology Showcase program.
Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa CA Sept 2008 - Sept 2010
Redefined and resurfaced the role of the teacher librarian as lead educator and professional development provider in the areas of digital and information literacy education for students and teachers. Provided county, state, and national leadership for cyber safety and digital literacy education.
Teacher Librarian, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA Sept 2006 - Sept 2008
Supported kindergarten through eighth grade teachers with information and technology integration into all core content areas. Instructed students in information and digital literacy including cyber safety and online source evaluation methods.
Sixth Grade Teacher, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA Jan 1998 - Sept 2006
Established a daily all school broadcast and provided educational technology professional development for colleagues and administration. Incorporated original music into multiple subject teaching and learning goals.
California School Library Association - Vice President of Community Relations (Oct 2008 to Present)
International Society of Technology Educators - Director of Online Conference (Mar 2010 to Present)
Computer Using Educators- Chair of Library Media Educator Special Interest Group (Mar 2007 to Present)
Future Ready Librarians - Co Creator Working with a team of Library Media Educators from around the country we developed the Future Ready Librarians Model (Future Ready).
California Model School Library Standards Member of writing team for the California Model School Library Standards adopted by the California State Board of Education
Education Technology Task Force Member of the State Superintendent of Public Instructions’s that developed the action plan for implementation of Educational Technology,
CTE Model Curriculum Standards, Industry Sector Stakeholder Team, Information Communication Technology(ICT)
Special Class Authorization Partnered with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop a Speical Class Authorization for teacher librarians as teachers of record for information literacy as well as to update the competencies for teacher training programs.
California State Attorney General, Supported the work of the Director of Privacy Education & Policy California Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attorney General Developmental work with the, and the California Coalition on Children’s Internet Safety, Developer of tutorials on cyber safety for the K12 High Speed Network’s e-learning site.
2018 California Reading Association Literacy Leader Award
2014 California State Teacher of the Year (Semi-Finalist)
2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year (Finalist)
2014 21st Annual OC Tech Alliance, Innovation In Education Award - High Impact Teacher in Science, Math & Technology – acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in preparing his/her students to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
2013 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Award National Award for leadership in advancing online safety for families.
2013 Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Outstanding Creative Teaching Achievement, “for the integration of Animation, Technology and Curriculum into your student’s learning.”
2013 Link Americas Foundation, Leaders Making a Difference Award “for leadership in the areas of Life, Information, Nature, Knowledge, and exemplary contributions to the advancement of Digital Literacy and Technology Serving Humanity.”
2012 California Department of Education, Certificate of Recognition, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson “for outstanding service as a valued member of the State Superintendent’s Education Technology Task Force.”
2009 California State Assembly, Assemblyman Van Tran Certificate of Recognition, “In Honor of your commitment and dedication to School Libraries and Librarians”
2008 Parent Teacher Association, Honorary Service Award, for recognition of outstanding service to children and youth at McPherson Magnet School.
2016 P21 Exemplar District - This was the first time that entire districts were recognized by the Partnership For 21st Century Skills and Encinitas Union was one of the first four.
2012 California Education Technology Task Force: A volunteer group appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to advise ways to improve and expand the use of education technology in California Schools.
2011 Advisory Panel Member, California Digital Literacy Pathways, for the office of the Governor.
2012 Panel Member, for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, tasked with addressing teacher librarian competencies in the area of information literacy.
2010 Co-writer of the California Model School Library Standards, addressing digital literacy learning outcomes for kindergarten through twelfth
2009 C0-creator of the Cyber Hero digital literacy program for kindergarten through third grade students.
2011 Presenter of education technology implementation and integration of information literacy learning for staff and students at the annual Computer Using Educators conference in Palm Springs.
2011, 2012, 2013 CTAP Student Technology Showcase, my students were selected to represent Orange County for 2011, 2012, and 2013. My students were selected to represent our county at the state level for 2011, and 2013.
2011 Panelist, Senator Ellen Corbett’s California Privacy Safety Summit, providing greater understanding of the digital divide and information literacy education needed for students.
- Teacher Librarian Service Credential (CSULB)
- Administrative Service Credential (CSUF)
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CSUF)
- Career Technical Education Credential ICT (SCOE)
- Designated Subjects Vocational Education Teaching Credential (CSUF)
Google Certified Teacher