Certified Wired for Reading® Specialist 


Member of International Dyslexia Association


Washington State Continuing Teacher Certification 1999 - present


M.Ed. Elementary Education, K-8

Professional ​
4th-6th Grade Teacher, Madrona K-8 School, Edmonds School District, Edmonds, WA
1999-2007 and 2009-Present

Madrona K-8 is a multi-age, alternative school in the Edmonds School District.  It is a choice school that utilizes team teaching and combined classrooms.  I am responsible for creating engaging and creative lessons to meet the varied needs of my 4th-6th grade students in reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, health, and character education. I work closely with parents and learning support teachers to meet the needs of my students with IEP's and 504 accommodations.    

District Literacy Coach (K-6th), Edmonds School District, Edmonds, WA.


​I organized, planned and facilitated district-wide learning opportunities with a team of coaches so teacher leaders and administrators were engaged in a collaborative, learning community focused on implementing effective literacy practices and improving student learning. I also created and taught workshops for teachers, and modeled lessons in K-6th grade classrooms.


Founding Board Member, Guinea Kids Education Fund, Seattle, WA and Conakry, Guinea. 2008-2015

Guinea Kids Education Fund (GKEF) is a non-profit project comprised of individuals in the United States and Guinea, West Africa who are passionate about Guinean culture and committed to providing educational opportunities to children in Conakry, Guinea.  

I helped plan, promote and direct annual fundraising events to educate and share Guinean culture in Seattle. I generated agendas, facilitated monthly meetings,

and collaboratively made funding and program decisions with board members. 


1998 M.Ed. in Elementary Education, K-8, University of South Alabama Graduate School of Education, Mobile, Alabama.


1990 B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

Additional Training

Wired For Reading®: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced courses


Responsive Classroom 1&2

Mindfulness Curriculum Training: Mindful Schools, Oakland, CA

Google Apps for Education

Lucy Calkins: Reading and Writing Workshop

Literacy conferences led by Stephanie Harvey, Margaret Mooney, Regie Routman, Rebecca Sitton, Ellin Keene, Ralph Fletcher 

Teacher Leadership Project Grant Recipient, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Teach The Teachers technology institute through Puget Sound Center for teaching, learning, and technology

Roger Kukes: Integrating Art and Math 

Student-Centered Literacy Coaching Model Workshop

PEBC Science Inquiry Institute 

Critical Friends Training

Understanding By Design (UBD) Workshop

Six Traits of Writing: Lynn Watson and Barry Lane

National Geographic Society Teacher Training

Puget Sound Writing Project Leadership Institute

Intensive Spanish Language Study, San Jose, Costa Rica

Interests and Hobbies

Guinean culture, drumming and dance

Brazilian dance, Indian dance, Lindy Hop, and Salsa 



SCUBA diving

International Travel