I was born and raised in Monterey Park, California. I have been teaching for 38 years, beginning my career as a teacher assistant and soon after as a certificated lead teacher. I have had the honor of teaching at the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center since 1979. I began my education at East Los Angeles College and received an A.A. in child development. I transferred to Cal State L.A. where I completed a B.A. in child development. I took a 10 year break from school to raise my family and then returned to Cal State L.A., where I completed an M.A. degree in education with a focus on teaching adults. This allowed me to teach college courses in my field of Early Childhood Education here on campus. I enjoy the combination of preschool and adult teaching.
I believe the purpose of education is to support, guide, and teach each student, while respecting each person as an individual. My role as an educator is to be prepared to facilitate learning opportunities while realizing the importance of culture, diversity, personality, emotions, and past and present experiences.