I began my teaching career at Lowell in 2008. I currently teach junior AP English Language and Composition, and various junior/senior English electives, including Film as Lit, Shakespeare, Epic & Myth, and American Literature. In addition to teaching English, I sponsored the 2013, 2014 and 2018 graduating senior classes, and after school clubs including: the Polynesian club (2010-2014), the Gentlemen’s club (2011), Domestic Violence Awareness club (2016-2018), and the Filipino Martial Arts club (2016-2018). As the former Filipino & Pacific Islander Consultant for student support and success, I worked with students, their families, and staff to support students of this demographic. I have also judged 8 Talent Shows, and participated in 3 Student-Faculty Basketball Games (where we totally defeat the Student team every time).
To say I’m competitive would truly be an understatement. I’ve always been passionate about performance- having a background in singing, dancing and acting. I love to play video games, and binge-watch tv. I can be pretty active, but I’m also a devoted homebody. I love animals, especially cute, cuddly ones. My favorite animal is the elephant. 🐘
Before becoming a sponsor, Shield and Scroll in my mind has been a cute little hat on the heads of a handful of hardworking students. As I’ve learned more about their service and dedication, I’m in awe and excited to work with amazing individuals who do so much for our community and I hope to support our officers to the best of my ability.
I grew up in New York City reading comic books in middle school and wrestling and running cross country in high school. I took a gap year (a new thing then) and spent a year at a university in Japan, then studied politics at Yale, but took another gap year after junior year and lived in SF and Berkeley working on homelessness for the Bay Guardian, going to protests and being a hippie. After graduation in 1991, I cut off my long hair, joined Teach For America and taught in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for two years. Then I did a master's in education at Stanford and was hired by SFUSD. I taught Social Studies, Japanese and Spanish at Thurgood Marshall for two years (alongside Ms. Reller and Mr. Hoffman) and came to Lowell in 1998. I teach AP Government and Economics now, but have most of the Social Studies classes, especially World History and AP Euro.
I got married in 2005 and have two children, Josephine, 13 and Roosevelt (Rovy) 10. I love to rock climb, (MIssion Cliffs and outside when I can), hike, yoga, bike, run, read and talk about politics. I have siamese toes, but that doesn't help me to swim.