I have been in the education field since 2006. And as an educator, I have served in public schools as a school counselor, an administrator and recently as an adjunct professor at California State University, East Bay teaching in the Educational Psychology department. I am passionate about creating equitable school systems that create access for all students, especially those who are underrepresented and minoritized.
In 2014, I became an assistant principal at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. As part of my responsibilities, I was tasked with building the master schedule. Since then I have been instrumental in helping schools, both large and small, to build a master schedule that aims to put students first – building upon a premise of asking if decisions are being made equitably and based on the school’s values.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University, a master’s in Counseling from California State University, East Bay, a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. For my doctoral dissertation, I chose to focus on exemplary school counseling practices, analyzing how both site-level and district-level administration plays an important role in advocating for and supporting comprehensive school counseling practices.
Since 2005, I have been a dedicated public school educator. My educator journey includes six and a half years as a high school English teacher before transitioning to a school-site administrator (high school assistant principal, middle school assistant principal, co-principal, K-8 assistant principal, and administrative instructional/program specialist). Regardless of the school level, I’m driven to create equitable- and culturally-responsive educational experiences and settings for all students.
From January 2012 – June 2015, I served as an assistant principal at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. where I oversaw the 9th grade Atlas Houses, the small learning communities (SLC). During this time, I created data-driven protocols and processes that assessed student progress and drove teacher collaboration. I returned to Skyline High School as a co-principal from July 2017 – June 2018. Besides running the 9th grade SLC program and overseeing the overall function of the high school, which included four pathways in addition to the four 9th grade houses, I was also in charge of the master scheduling process.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in English in Preparation of Teaching from San Jose State University, a master’s in Urban Education from Holy Names University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. My doctoral dissertation focused on organizing and sustaining effective and efficient collaborative practices, mainly in a professional and small learning communities setting.