My journey to become an educator began when I turned 21 and decided to go to college. After studying for a few years at San Diego City College, I became an Early Childhood Education teacher and taught preschool and after-school programs for about 20 years. I also worked as a Director for a preschool for two years. I had a passion for teaching and decided to finish my Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. I finally graduated from the University of Redlands in 2007. I then completed my teaching credential program in 2008 at the University of Redlands. After receiving my credential in 2009, I worked as a substitute teacher for the Colton Joint Unified School District and San Bernardino City Unified School District, while completing my Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. I loved working as a substitute teacher because it provided many teaching experiences and helped me to decide what I would really enjoy teaching. Finally, I received my first full-time teaching job working at Nicolet Middle School in Banning. It was a very challenging job, since I was working with at-risk students who had already been suspended from classes over and over, until my intervention class was their last opportunity to "get it together" or "get shipped out"!!! I learned a lot from CTI that first year and also from the trainings I attended. But the following year, I was offered a job teaching Kindergarten, and that seemed to be a good fit, since I had so many years of Early Childhood Education Experience already. I didn't think teaching Kindergarten would be as challenging. It is challenging, but I love it because of the students. They are all unique and special in their own way, and each and every one of them has the potential of becoming something great. They are so amazing at times and more accepting of me than I am of them I think at times.  laugh