MND has been part of my life since I attended school here from Kindergarten through 8th grade. My mom (Mrs. Wilcox) has worked here for 30 years, so even when I wasn’t a student here anymore, I was always connected with the people and the school. After teaching in another school for five years, a position opened at MND and it felt like the right time to come “home”.
Reading books as a class during my time at MND (Stuart Little, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and more) and loving them all. My love of reading was nurtured as a student at MND and is something that I strive to share with each student that comes through my classes. I also remember having Mrs. Martin for History in 6th and 8th grade...her love for the subject, the fact that she never stopped learning more about history, and that she tried to make history come to life for us has always stuck with me and been something I aspire to do.
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that success looks different for each student and that many factors play a role in their success. Each student presents a different combination of experiences that make them who they are and affects how they feel about themselves, school, peers and teachers, and their own abilities. Within a supportive classroom environment, I believe in challenging each student and encouraging them to be advocates of their education.
After MND, I attended Aptos High School. I then went to UC Davis, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Chicano/a Studies. After Davis, I came home and spent a year earning my multiple-subjects teaching credential at CSUMB. Several years into teaching, I cleared my credential through Bethany College.