I grew up locally in Bell Gardens, CA, and I have been working in the Child Development field for 30 years. I started my career as a practicum student at the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center, where I taught for several years before going to Downey Adult School to help administer and oversee the successful daily operations of the child care center. I also taught child development classes to high school students at both Downey and Warren High School. I then taught at Los Angeles City College for three years. I returned to East Los Angeles College in 1999, where I have happily been since.
My husband and I are passionate advocates for children and families in the foster care system. We volunteer as part of the Regional Community Council that seeks ways to recruit foster families-with the goal of keeping children connected in their own communities and schools. I was recently invited to be on the Director's Advisory Council for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. My husband and I are raising our five children-all of whom were adopted from foster care.
I enjoy researching a variety of interests regarding child development and education. My most recent focus is the attainment of proprioception as an indicator of reading readiness. I take every opportunity to encourage parents to advocate for their children.