I am one of the lucky people who actually loves what I do. Wenatchee Valley College at Omak is the
ideal teaching environment for me. Itís a small, intimate community of learners
and I enjoy getting to work directly with students who are in a transitional
phase of their lives. Everyone at WVCO is working to change some aspect of
their lives for the better. Itís a very stimulating place to be and I delight
in helping my students successfully achieve their educational goals.
I started my educational career at Santa Rosa
Junior College in Santa Rosa, California, and eventually transferred to
Sonoma State University to complete a degree in Biology. While there, I
discovered a pathway to teaching and continued on to UC Berkeley to pursue a
teaching credential in Life Sciences.
My first fulltime teaching position was on
the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Whiteriver,
Arizona. I lived on the reservation and taught high school sciences and
mathematics for 7 years at Alchesay High School.
Iím most proud of the fact that my tenure there contributed to a hands-on,
lab-based curriculum for my students.
I left Whiteriver
to return to school for an advanced degree and found myself drawn to Utah
Stateís Instructional Technology program.†
I have lived most of my adult life in fairly rural places, so when the
Internet emerged, I was one of the first to log on. Using technology to first
learn, and then teach, came naturally to me.
After I received my degree, I moved to Nevada
and worked for a nonprofit that specialized in employment-related training
for displaced workers, low income adults, and probationary youth. Although I
lived there for five years, Nevada always felt like a temporary layover while
I tried to figure out where I wanted to settle permanently.
That place turned out to be Okanogan County,
in North Central Washington state. I live with my husband, two cats, a dog,
and several bee colonies on a 17‑acre farm in the Methow Valley. I
enjoy gardening, beekeeping, music, reading, and many outdoor activities like
hiking and mountain biking in the summer and X-C skiing in the winter.
I began my employment at Wenatchee Valley College
at Omak in the fall of 2006. As the only Business Technology faculty member
on the Omak campus, I teach everything from keyboarding to Microsoft Office
applications to Business Math. The BCT program challenges me to keep learning
and growing professionally and offers my students valuable workplace skills.