It is my second year on the fourth grade team at HTeCV and I am so excited to learn and grow together this year! I am inspired by the curiosity, bravery, and kindness students bring with them to school each day. I believe that children care deeply about making a difference in their community and can truly do so by taking action through our learning experiences in the classroom. Growing up, I loved school and the time I got to spend with my teachers and classmates. I have many fond memories of creating art, reading, writing, and learning about our world together through hands-on experiences. I carried that sense of wonder with me as I continued my education and realized what an amazing privilege it is to be able to support students at different points on their own educational journeys. Before joining High Tech High, I taught third grade at a project-based school in downtown San Diego. There I developed an appreciation for project-based learning as an effective practice for cultivating student agency, especially when paired with socio-emotional learning. This built on the student-centered practices I honed when I earned my master’s degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at UC San Diego, where I had also earned my undergraduate degree and worked on staff as an academic counselor. When I’m not at school, I find joy in experiencing our beautiful San Diego community. I love visiting our local cafes and farmers’ markets and enjoying coffee, tea, and healthy meals. Being active, especially in nature, is a grounding practice for me to clear my mind and restore balance so I try to carve out time for yoga, surfing, and going on runs and hikes as much as possible. My shiba inu, Ruby, loves to go on long walks with me in Balboa Park. I also like to doodle, read, and take care of my plants. Traveling with my friends and my fiancxc3xa9 Nicholas is also very important to me and we hope to spend our 30s visiting more countries together. It is my goal that every student feels belonging and ownership in our classroom. I look forward to meeting you soon!