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I am earning a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership and a minor in Digital Media Learning from USF. I have taught multi-subjects from Pre-Kindergarten to Fourth grade in both public and private schools in California and Texas. I have also been a Physical Education teacher and coached middle school students in volleyball. In addition to teaching, I have served as the Center Director for Head Start and mentored Prekindergarten teachers.
In 2013, I served on the Graduate Senate Association Committee as President-Elect. I also presented on Classroom Management: The Positive Behavior Management Systems Approach” at the 49th Biennial Convocation in Dallas, Texas. In mid-November of 2014, I began serving as President for the University of San Francisco’s Phi Delta Kappa Education Society. In January 2015, I will present on “Mentorship Brings Change for Women in the 21st Century” at 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu.
My M.Ed. and my undergraduate degree are from Texas State University where I concentrated in Curriculum and Instruction. I currently serve as a Cal State East Bay University Supervisor for post-baccalaureate student teachers and mentor future educators.
At an early age, I developed a love for learning and teaching. I would line up my dolls and teach them how to read and write. I will never forget my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Hajek and her determination to help me fall in love with reading and learning. She inspired me to follow my dream of becoming an educator and life-long learner.
Women's studies and higher education because I want to make a difference for future generations to come and leave behind a legacy to others that anything in life is possible through hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
The sense of community among my colleagues and professors, networking, and the opportunity to work with others who want to give back to the world just as much as I do.
The primary reason I chose to earn my doctorate at USF is because of its values. Dr. Patricia Mitchell, Department Chair of Leadership Studies, and her supporting faculty are among the most knowledgeable experts in their fields. Learning from them in the Doctoral Organization and Leadership Program is a priceless experience. They exemplify the personal and professional behavior that promotes positive growth in all students.
With such a dedicated faculty, it's no wonder USF has such a warm family atmosphere. It makes me feel like my opinions and thoughts are valued as opposed to being just a number on a roster.
I plan to obtain a professorship at a university; I would like to actively research and publish materials, and mentor novice female scholars.
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