BIO

I believe that what makes the City of Brea a unique place to live is the people who live here and love Brea as much as I do. There is so much pride and ownership amongst the people of our community. Staying involved in our city, including the schools in BOUSD , is both interesting and important to me.
Growing up in Brea…
I first moved to Brea when I was 5 years old. I attended Mariposa Elementary, Brea Jr. High and graduated from Brea Olinda High School, where I also met my husband, Steve.  I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in child development from California State University of Fullerton, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After getting married and starting our family, my husband and I decided  the best place to plant our roots was Brea. We both had positive educational experiences here and wanted the same for our children. To me, Brea is a “village”. It has that small town feeling; a place where you can rarely go to the store, sporting event, or out to dinner without seeing someone you know. For our children, this is what makes Brea a safe, secure place to grow and learn.
Teaching Background…
Education has always been my passion…it’s who I am! I have been involved in education in one form or another my whole life. Learning about learning is exciting to me.  After college,  I became an elementary school teacher in Anaheim City School District, which was the most rewarding career, working with challenging students from extremely diverse backgrounds.  I looked forward to going to work each day and working with the children in my class. It was there, where we were given the opportunity  to adopt our oldest son, Berdo, who was a 4th grade student from my first year as a teacher in Anaheim.
Our family…
In addition to our oldest adopted son, Berdo, now 30, Steve and I have three more children; Tayler, 17, Jessie, 13 and Nathan, 12, who have all attended school in BOUSD. Although this will be our first year without an elementary student (sniffle…sniffle), we have finally reached a time where we have experienced all levels of our children’s education. What an incredible journey this has been so far! Aside from our children’s activities being the center of our lives (soccer, cheer, choir, and academics), our family loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.
School involvement…
Even after deciding to leave teaching  to stay home and raise our children, I still felt drawn to education.  Right away, I became involved with my own children’s learning and haven’t stopped ever since. I have been a parent volunteer for 10 years on many different levels…in the classroom, as the PTO Read Around Coordinator (The district’s largest fundraiser), PTO President for 3 years, School Site Council Member, BOHS Cheer Booster Board Secretary and President, and as a substitute teacher for Brea Olinda Unified School District (which gives me my “teacher fix”)!
Other community involvement…
I was appointed to the City of Brea’s Planning Commission in 2012, where I am currently serving as Vice Chair. This experience has been an incredible and impressive learning experience, making me feel even more fortunate to live in this community. The Brea Rotary Club is my newest venture. I am honored to have been asked to join this group of people who are committed to giving back and making a difference globally, as well as in our community.