I have always had a passion for volunteering, helping others and overall community involvement. My first experiences with management were as a student where I held a Team Management Position for the Etiwanda High School Football Team. This solidified my love for organizing, management and overall community involvement.
From this point forward, I have had the honor to serve as a Key Volunteer aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Sunday School Teacher at Waters Edge Methodist Church in Beaufort, South Carolina and as a Supervisor of Customer Service United Stated Postal Service.
After leaving the Postal Service and relocating back to Southern California, I found myself within the retail sector. I was fortunate to take part in the ground-breaking and opening of the Lowe’s Home Improvement, Covina. I began as a Head-Cashier quickly promoting to Assistant Store Management of Administration within 4 years.
During this time I became a Troop Leader with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and also a further involved parent at Sonrise Christian School. I could often be found serving up students within their Perfect Blend Café, helping at events, assisting with their ACSI/WASC Accreditation process and lastly partnering with a parent to implement an annual Veteran’s Day Celebration.
I made the decision to take the knowledge of building & contracting obtained during my employment with Lowe’s Home Improvement and transitioned it into building a career within the property and casualty insurances sector. I currently maintain a position with Crawford & Company as a Property General Professional.
As my eldest daughter began her transition into the Bonita Unified School District, I immediately became involved with the San Dimas High School Athletic Bingo Boosters. In my first year of membership, I was invited to join the Committee Board as the Secretary, a position which I currently hold. I am also currently in my second year holding the Secretary Position within San Dimas High School PTSA Board.
I am so grateful to my ALWAYS supportive family who gives my life meaning. My husband Martin & I have been married coming up on two years in November. I am so lucky to call him my bestfriend going back over 18 years. Martin is a Physical Education Teacher and the Head Football Coach at Montclair High School and shares my passion for education, the youth & sports.
By far, the biggest blessings in my life have been my daughters Chloë & Christina. These two young ladies have pointed me in the direction of growth, purpose and fun since the days they each entered into this world. Chloë is an upcoming Senior at San Dimas High School, who enjoys participating in the schools Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field Teams, Link Crew, PTSA programs and Club Volleyball. She loves challenging herself to grow and is fearless when it comes to her education and social justice. Christina is an upcoming Freshman at San Dimas High School, while she is the youngest, she definitely has the biggest personality. She has been dancing for 7 years and recently made the Saints Dance Team and will be serving as the Freshman Representative for the PTSA. She enjoys volunteering at our local San Dimas Library, VBS, Youth Group and any other opportunity she gets to serve others.
Why the School Board?
I am a real mother, who cares and has had a diverse experience within multiple school systems. My eldest started her schooling within Department of Defense Schools aboard Parris Island, SC. Following our relocation, she was integrated into the public school system in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. After two years my youngest also entered into the District’s Kindergarten Program where I began to see the differences between the Kindergarten
experiences they both received. With concerns and no ability to transfer the girls, I struggled with our options. It was at this time, that I as a single parent, opted to invest in their education and future at any costs.
We were blessed to spend the next 8 years within Sonrise Christian School, where both girls completed the remainder of Elementary and Middle School. As Chloë approached her graduation we were faced with the decision to either continue with private or reintegrate into the public school system and where to attend.
Ultimately, the decision was made, to move from Covina into San Dimas in order to join the Bonita Unified School District. While we experienced the benefits of attending Bonita Unified District, I know that we have the potential to be not just better, but the best.
The year 2020 has been difficult for us all, however despite all of the challenges our district staff and educators have gone above and beyond to meet the challenges of crisis teaching and now distance education. As a parent, when I look at our education system as a whole, after taking into account all of the promising aspects, I still see areas where we can improve, strategize, plan and really make a difference, not just for this year but for the future of our schools and children.