Welcome to class! Since we will be spending a significant amount of time together this semester, I thought I should introduce myself to you. I hope to learn about you, too!
I’m originally from Ohio and have lived in Napa since I was 9 years old. I have one adult daughter (an NVC and Sonoma State graduate) who lives in Santa Cruz and a sweet, noisy Siamese mix kitty, Bo. My beloved doggie passed away last month and I'm currently looking to adopt another dog.
I attended local schools including Irene Snow Elementary, Ridgeview Junior High, and Napa High School. I was not encouraged to attend college after high school, and in fact, had no interest in college whatsoever. Consequently, I didn’t end up taking a college class until I was 31 years old. Up to that time, I worked locally in restaurants as a waitperson and bartender and in catering. After turning 30, I realized that I didn't want to get older and still be waiting tables. And I wanted to have evenings at home with my daughter, then four years old, and a future!
When I first came back to school (NVC) I thought I might like to enter the nursing program, but soon realized that nursing was not for me. As I started working on general education requirements, I was surprised to learn that I really loved mathematics, even though I had failed 8th grade algebra! As I continued to appreciate and value my own education, I decided to become a teacher so that I could help and support others seeking their educational goals. I had thought about being a teacher since I had Mrs. Kulas in 5th grade at Snow School. She was an awesome teacher; the kind you remember all your life. I wanted to be just like her. :)
After earning my AA degree from NVC, (it took me 9 semesters as a part-time student) I transferred to Sonoma State where I earned my bachelors degree in mathematics, with a concentration in statistics. (another 2.5 years) Finally, I attended Cal State Hayward (East Bay) to earn my master’s degree in applied statistics. It took me ten years total to complete college. I started teaching in 1997 and love my job. I taught part-time at NVC, Solano Community College, and College of Marin before getting a full-time position here at NVC in 2000.
The entire time I was a student, I was raising my daughter and working 2-3 jobs at a time. Having done this, in addtition to being an EOPS and Financial Aid recipient, I feel that I fully understand the complexity of the life of a community college student. If at any time you have questions about the college, a class, or just need someone to talk to, my door is open. You’re never bothering me. My favorite part of my job is hanging out with and helping students.
For fun, I like to cook for my family and friends, watch movies, road bike, ski, hike, garden, travel, and read. My recent fave adventure is a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia that I took over Winter break. I also love jigsaw puzzles, wind-up toys, and Legos.
I sincerely hope that my classroom will provide a positive, challenging, and satisfying learning experience for you.