- Assistant Principal
- Dean of Students
- 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. I am so excited to be a part of the Lion Pride and look forward to continuing to partner with staff, students, and parents as we transition to being a middle school.
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 is a freshman at WSU, Clara is an 11th grader at Bothell HS, and Amelia is a 9th grader at Bothell HS as well.
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. Ultimately, though, hanging out with my family is one of my favorite pastimes.
Dean of Students
Establishing positive relationships with students and staff is the key to maintaining a successful school culture. Students can thrive academically and socially when clear and consistent expectations are established and staff collaborate to support students by teaching and modeling social-emotional and problem-solving skills.
I grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Rhode Island for 2 years. My father kept encouraging me to join him in the Pacific Northwest so I transferred to UW, earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and began working in the biotechnology/medical device industries. After having my 3rd child, I left my career to attend/volunteer/coach hundreds of children’s soccer, basketball, track, baseball, softball, and music events while also teaching fitness classes. I have been actively involved with the district for over 16 years as a volunteer at Canyon Creek, Sorenson, Skyview and Bothell, and as a Para Educator and Dean of Students at Frank Love, Canyon Creek, and Moorlands. This will be my 5th year as a Dean of Students and I am very happy to continue at Leota for the 2018-19 school year.
I enjoy hiking and camping with my husband of 25 years, my children and Zoe a border collie golden retriever mix. We also enjoy boating, playing softball, music and outdoor concerts. My three children attended Northshore schools. My son graduated in 2018 from Gonzaga in Mechanical Engineering, one daughter is pursuing Civil Engineering at Gonzaga and my youngest daughter graduated from BHS in 2018 and will be attending WWU pursuing Kinesiology.