Parent. Educator. Advocate.
For over 25 years my career has been dedicated to educating and advocating for children and youth, and for the last 13 years I have been an active parent in Sacramento City Unified School District. This year our son Hank is a graduating senior and our daughter Josephine is entering high school. Through these years I have gained an understanding of the successes of our schools, and also the areas where additional support is needed. As a parent volunteer I have provided support to students and teachers in SCUSD.
- Led the creation of the first Parent-Teacher-Student Association at Kit Carson International Baccalaureate School
- Current Member, LGBTQ Task Force
- Vice Chair, 7-11 School Repurposing Committee (2013-2014) – When the School Board voted to close seven schools, I volunteered to serve on the committee to find opportunities to use those sites to meet the needs of the neighborhoods
- Kit Carson Middle School Design Team (2011-2012) – As this school struggled with low enrollment and was at risk for closure, we successfully advocated for the creation of the International Baccalaureate program to this neighborhood school
- Parent Representative on multiple School Site Councils
I’ve spent over 25 years as an educator in the child and youth development field. In the early 1990s I started my career as an after-school childcare teacher and a classroom aide. From that point forward my entire career has been focused on supporting children and youth.
- Early Childhood Education Instructor at Sacramento City College
- Developed an internship program for high school students at Sacramento Accelerated Academy
- Started the MyStrength Young Men’s Club at West Campus High School, developing and educating male advocates in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence
- Created Youth @ City Council civic engagement and education program
- Coordinated the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition
- Appointed to National Children’s Study as one of six “National Community Representatives” to provide guidance to the National Institutes of Health
- Provided case management and support for homeless youth
- Coach of the Stairway to Stardom youth musicians program
As a high school student I was unsure what I wanted to do for a career. I was a musician, but knew that wasn’t a guaranteed career path. I looked at other educational options, including studying broadcasting in community college to become a radio DJ. It wasn’t until a temporary job as a mall Santa at age 19 that my interest in child development was sparked. Eleven years later, after working consistently with children from that point on, I enrolled at Sacramento State University to complete my own education.
- Associate of Arts, Broadcasting – College of San Mateo (1992)
- Bachelor of Arts, Child Development – Sacramento State University (2005)
- Master of Public Policy & Administration – Sacramento State University (2007)