I arrived at Blaine County School District five years ago and I am loving it! It is a privilege to be able to serve the students and family at our exclusively Dual Immersion elementary school. I graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas in 1982 with a Master of Social Work. Yes, I have been practicing one form of Social Work or another for more than 30 years! I have worked in mental health settings early on in my career and I worked for the state in child protection services for seven years. I have been in a school setting since 1989 having worked in Jerome School District for more than 20 years. I have served on various boards throughout my career. I have been on the Board of Directors for Family Health Services; I served on the Governor's Task Force for Children at Risk for five years; I am on the Drug Coalition board; and I recently became a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
One of my personal passions is the game of tennis, and I have been the head coach for high school teams both in Jerome and Wood River High School. I am bilingual having English and Spanish as my two languages. This has afforded me to be able to talk to many Hispanic children and been able to assist our Spanish speaking families. The shared cultural attributes has made it possible for me to effectively serve the needs of our students. Overall, I can't think of a better place to live and work than the Wood River Valley and as I said before, it is a privilege to be here.