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Subjects Taught
Read 180 HS, Read 180 M.S., SPED, System 44


Licensed Cosmetologist (An-Jons School of Cosmetology)
AA Business management (AIU)
BA Liberal Studies (Brandman University)


I began working with students as a TA in Special Education at North Mountain Middle School. This position is what sparked my interest in working with students with special needs. I worked at North Mountain within an SDC class working with students who ranged from mild/moderate to those with moderate/severe disabilities. After three years of employment with the San Jacinto Unified School District, I turned in my resignation to begin working with students here at Noli School. The 2016-2017 school year begins my 3rd year with the Special Education Department here at Noli. Much of my duties include working one on one with students within their regular classrooms, helping with reading and writing. I have taught Read 180, and am currently teaching System 44. This year will be my second year as ASB Coordinator, as well as working with students in Journalism for the student newsletter.


I was born in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. My mom moved us down here to California by my first birthday. Some of my first memories were of being here on the Soboba Reservation. My mom was close friends with my husband’s aunt Sharon, so much so, growing up, I thought her children were my cousins. I have lived in the San Jacinto valley for a majority of my life. I have moved to different places, and have always moved back to this valley. I met my husband Lawrence Jr. at 15 years of age, and we married when I turned 18. We have been married for 25 years now, and have two amazing children together. I have lived here on the Reservation off and on since I was 15 years old and have been a permanent resident since April of 1995, when our house was built. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but was told by a person of authority that I couldn’t do it. Instead of that lack of confidence motivating me, I allowed it to define me for a long period of time. Years later, I finally realized I could accomplish anything I put my mind to as long as I was willing to set goals and follow through with enough self-discipline. I am currently in the middle of obtaining my teaching credential and Master’s degree in Special Education. I look forward to a long future helping the students here at Noli overcome obstacles and achieve the goals they set for themselves. Stay tuned, as this journey has just begun!