I am a Chicago native, proud dog mom, and first-generation college student. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I also earned my certification in Bilingual Education (Spanish) and English as a Second Language in 2015. As a language learner myself, I understand that language develops in early childhood, which led me to earn my National Board certification with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. I completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2022.
As a teacher, I have worked with many students from varying age groups, communities, and backgrounds. I believe that high-quality, culturally responsive education is a fundamental right of every student, regardless of ethnicity, native language, or country of origin. I have worked with Language Learners and Emerging Bilinguals as an ESL Interventionist, Dual-Language teacher, Bilingual Teacher, and Spanish Immersion Teacher. I am beginning my tenth year as a professional educator and student advocate.
- District 65 Spanish teacher for 8 years.
- Second year as assistant principal at Bessie Rhodes.
- Service-learning leader, creating student-led projects in Mexico, Panamá, Cheyenne River Reservation, and Ukraine.
- Inaugural cohort member (course author, teacher, regional coordinator) of the first virtual school in Illinois.
- Passionate world traveler–48 countries and counting!