- Assistant Principal
- Office Manager
- ASB/Main Office Secretary
- Attendance Secretary
Solid moral and ethical leadership requires one to be honest, kind, compassionate and open to all viewpoints around the central goal of student growth and achievement. This can be gained through collaboration and dedication to student academic development, staff growth and improvement, and open communication with parents and community members.
I grew up in the small town of Nampa, Idaho where I was blessed with supportive teachers and coaches who mentored and encouraged me as I maneuvered through the tumultuous waters of junior high and high school. After graduation I attended the College of Idaho where I played varsity volleyball and tennis while also earning a major in social studies education and minors in coaching and business administration. I continued to be mentored by supportive professors and coaches who encouraged me to not only work hard and always try to do my best, but to look beyond myself to help and encourage others. This philosophy is ultimately what led me to the teaching profession. My first job was teaching history and coaching the women’s varsity volleyball team at the high school level in Sacramento, California. My husband and I moved to Washington when our first son was born. I returned to teaching after taking some time off to raise my two boys. I taught Spanish 200 at Northshore Junior High and then transferred to Timbercrest Junior High where I taught various combinations of Spanish 100, 7th grade Washington State history, Pre AP/IB world history and Leadership. In 2014 I completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington Bothell and was hired as the Assistant Principal here at Leota Junior High. I’m so excited to continue my journey with Leota as Principal where I can be a part of such a supportive and thoughtful group of students, staff and community members.
I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband of 25 years and two awesome boys. My oldest son is a mechanical engineer at an engineering firm in Seattle and my youngest son is a sophomore at WSU also studying mechanical engineering. My husband and I enjoy spending time with the boys and participating in and watching various sporting and outdoor activities. We look forward to the times we are able to spend together at our family cabin in the central Idaho mountains. We are a very active family and are so happy here in the Pacific Northwest.
Leadership encompasses vision, high standards, communication, teamwork, follow-though, and positive working relationships. Each component is necessary for success to be realized in any organization. I am committed to leading Leota with the highest levels of integrity, ethics, collaboration, and work ethic with the goal of enhancing student learning in a positive and safe environment.
I grew up in Federal Way, WA and graduated from Federal Way High School...Go Eagles! After high school, I went on to UW to earn a BA degree in psychology while also playing four years of varsity soccer for the Huskies. Between junior and senior years in college, I married my high school sweetheart, Kimberly. After college, I was fortunate to be able to continue soccer at the professional level for a few years playing for the Everett Bigfoot, Seattle Sounders, and two different clubs in Paraguay. During these soccer playing years, I continued my education at UW and earned a M.Ed. degree in school counseling. Upon graduation, my wife and I decided to go overseas and we worked at a private school for two years in Asuncion, Paraguay. When returning to the states, I was hired at Inglemoor High School as a counselor in 2000 and have basically been there ever since except for a one-year stint working at a school in Honduras in 2010-2011. During the 2015-16 school year, I earned my principal certification through Gonzaga and was hired as AP here at Leota. I am so excited to be a part of the Lion Pride!
As for my family, I mentioned that I am married to Kimberly who is a music teacher at Shelton View Elementary. I also have three daughters: Maddi graduated from Bothell HS in 2019, Clara graduated from Bothell HS in 2021, and Amelia is an 11th grader at Bothell HS.
As you can probably guess, I am into soccer. I love watching it, playing it, and coaching it (I coached varsity boys and girls soccer at Inglemoor for 8 years). I also really love the outdoors whether on land (hiking and backpacking) or on water (swimming, boating, SUPing). I also have the traveling bug and enjoy venturing to new and exciting places.