About the Candidate
I have lived in Pasco county since 1995. I went to Pine View Middle and Land O’ Lakes High School. My teaching career began while I was still in high school. I began teaching at a preschool in New Port Richey. I worked there for 6 years. I took a short break while attending college and resumed teaching at Moon Lake Elementary in January of 2008. Between 2008-2011 I taught multiple grades at Gulf Highlands Elementary. Since 2011, I have been a Graduation Enhancement teacher at Bayonet Point Middle school.
I graduated from Saint Leo University in December of 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In May of 2013, I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
I have served in many leadership roles at the school and district level. I am part of the school leadership team at Bayonet Point Middle School and part of the Graduation Enhancement District Leadership Team for the past 8 years. I have taken part in multiple district committees. I have been part of creating standards and ways to implement them for Social-Emotional Learning. I am part of the Trauma-Informed Care group and have attended conferences on the subject. The committees that I have served on create change district wide.
I am very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family who inspired me to achieve my goals. Their work-ethic and service to the community made for big shoes to fill, which is a challenge I accept every day.
My mother is a nurse practitioner specializing in blood cancers. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked full-time and still managed to be the loving and supportive matriarch of our family. Her hard work and dedication to higher learning inspired me to pursue a post-graduate degree of my own.
My father is a retired Pasco county sheriff’s deputy and a disabled Vietnam veteran. He taught me that doing the right thing may not always be popular, but a person has to stand for what they believe in. My dad is the guy that everyone turns to for help, because they know they can count on him. Sometimes it seems he can’t go anywhere in the county without someone recognizing him. I joke that I can’t take him anywhere, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
My sister is a 19+ year veteran of the Pasco school system. Her journey into education helped fuel my own interest. She has always been there to provide guidance, and I am a better educator because of it. She taught me that it doesn’t matter how good of a teacher you are, you can always be better and there is always more to learn.
Family is and always has been the most important thing in my life. The lessons they have taught me, help me in my own relationship with my husband and my daughter. I also understand the importance of family when it comes to education. Life’s most important lessons are not learned in a classroom, but at home from those we love. As superintendent I will take every opportunity to work with the community to strengthen this cornerstone of our society.