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I am so excited to start the 18/19 school year with my Sycamore Academy Family of dedicated and child centered professionals.

This is my fourth year at Sycamore Academy. I am looking forward this year to guide students, teachers and families through the wonderful world of literacy as the school's Reading Specialist.
I have been teaching for over twenty years and have a Masters in Reading and Language Arts from Cal State University San Marcos. Some of my teaching experience include Spanish Bilingual, Structured English Immersion, GATE, Title 1 Support, Reading Specialist, Homeschool Advisor, Humanities and Multiage Constructivist. I am a lifelong learner so I try to participate in every training that is offered to me. Brain research on learning is my favorite. It makes my day when I can get children excited and invested in reading.

I have five beautiful boys that I cherish. I live with my wonderful husband, Charlie and my two youngest boys, Matthew and Nicholas (13 and 15), in Huntington Beach. I love walking in the evening on the beach and I even appreciate my early morning commute when I can have uninterrupted think and listen time. 
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all



Recent Posts

  • Reading Teachers will be on hand to assist in choosing quality, “just right” books and answer questions about reading instruction.
  • Watch Dogs videos will play of dads reading their favorite books
  • Staff  will be on hand with fun literacy activities to make and take.
  • Mom Squad will be on hand selling yummy treats.
  • Scholastic BUY ONE GET ONE Book Fair will be open during this event

Kindergarten Reading Strategies (multi sensory)

Great video showing the active way to remember strategies to use. The characters are on a freebie. Yippee!

Reader's Workshop in Kindergarten

I really like the "Reader's Super Power" strategies she uses. Mini lesson + books in hand + time in practice = Reading Success for a lifetime.

Step Up to Writing official video explanation of components for Teachers and Families

This video explains the philosophy and research behind the SUTW program.

Step Up to Writing Video Explanation

This little video you could show to your students that explains why Step up to Writing will help them make good organized and interesting paragraphs.