Languages Spoken

Native English speaker, intermediate Spanish, beginning Japanese

Favorite Hobbies

Video games, journaling, traveling

Favorite Movies

Predator, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Office Space

Favorite Quote

Be the change you want to see in the world.

First Year at West Valley

2021

Biography

I was born and raised in Southern California where I graduated from UCLA with a degree in art history. My dream at the time was to become a museum curator, but I wasn’t able to pursue that career path. Museum curators typically need to be fluent in at least three languages. While I enjoy studying languages, I'm terrible at learning them. So, I had to choose another career. I decided to go into teaching which was another passion I had. I got my master’s in education from Mount St. Mary’s College, and I started as a middle school English, ESL, and history teacher. But I quickly realized that teaching middle school kids was not for me. I still loved teaching, so I made the transition to teaching adult ESL which was absolutely the best decision. I got my certification in teaching ESL, and since 2010, I’ve taught ESL at private language schools, community colleges, and universities throughout southern California. Now, I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career at West Valley College as a Noncredit Immigrant Education Instructor.

Education

Certification in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
University of California, Los Angeles

Master of Science Degree in Education
Mount St. Mary’s College

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History
University of California, Los Angeles

Last Updated 8/20/21