After working in the news business as a writer and photographer for ten years, I took a job as a substitute teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools in 2004. This position allowed me the flexibility to finish my bachelor's degree in political science and journalism via night classes at the University of New Mexico. I was eventually hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to work as an instructional assistant in a behavioral program at the elementary level. During this time, I enrolled in the Santa Fe Teacher Academy while continuing my employment in Los Alamos. I moved to Santa Rosa in 2011 and am now a Level-2 teacher with licensees in elementary, secondary and special education. My endorsements are in language arts, social studies and gifted education. I’m a proponent of project-based learning and brain-based learning. I continue to write and shoot photos as my time allows.