B.A. Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley
M.A. Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University
I have been in the field of early childhood education for 25 years and it has filled my life with joy and deep respect for young children and their families.
I have worked with toddlers and preschoolers for most of my career but have also taught first and fifth grade with assistant teacher positions in kindergarten and second grade. In addition to working with children I also teach adults at SFSU in the Education Department.
Children’s creativity and curiosity makes them wonderful conversationalists and makes working alongside them a privilege. Philosophically, I have taken from many learning theorists and teaching methods, but draw most heavily from Vygotsky, Dewey and Reggio Emilia, which consider children to be capable on various levels and posit that children construct their understanding of the world through interacting and exploring it along with their peers and their community. Children need time and space to discover and develop themselves and the world around them. They incorporate knowledge through hands-on activities, which allow them to make the cognitive connections in ways that memorized learning does not. Critical thinking and trusting their questions and voices allows children to develop a strong sense of self that then places them in the stance of learner throughout their lives. Social interactions and the ability to communicate clearly enables them to be better understood and to form strong relationships.
Other professional interests of mine revolve around action research, the power of language, literacy as a functional aspect of the lives of in young children and not simply a memorized action, conflict resolution and the relationships between teachers and families. More specifically, I am curious about how teachers and parents can collaborate in supporting children’s development and education. At Skytown we are constantly working on improving and understanding this relationship and the power it holds for the children as well as for our own development.
Outside of my educational interests, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, walking on the beach, cooking, gardening, reading (about everything), napping when at all possible, and spending time with my family.
I was born in Los Angeles, California and lived there until I was 18 years old with my parents and three younger brothers. I am a proud Dodger fan and yet fell in love and married a Giants fan. Baseball season is an exciting time at my house. I have a 15 year old son who is currently attending Berkeley High School.