Aloha! I am so excited to be at Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate School. Truly "Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!" applies to me. I attended Paauilo School as a child, from Kindergarten to Ninth Grade. Coming to work here daily is like returning to my childhood.
After leaving Paauilo School I completed a year of correspondence work, attended Honokaa High School and then graduated from Parker School. I left the island for a few years and worked and attended school at what is now Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. I then returned to the Big Island and completed my undergraduate work at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. After graduation I left the island to work on Kauai for three and a half years teaching at Kapaa Elementary in grades three and five. I returned to the Big Island and spent 10 years teaching in Kona, first grades 4 and 5 at Kealakehe Elementary and then grades 6 and 7 at Kealakehe Intermediate School. At the intermediate level I found my true passion...working with middle school students. During my seven years there I taught 6th and 7th grade math and social studies as well as a reading class. After leaving the intermediate school, I returned to the Hamakua coast to teach at Honoka'a Elementary School, where I had student taught while at UHH. I taught 6th grade and then was the reading coach. During this time I made decision to move into administration and pursued that change.
As an administrator I have had the opportunity to work with large and small school serving grades Kindergarten to 12th grade. I have worked at Kohala Middle School, Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School, Waiakeawaena School and Waikoloa School.
I am married and reside in Waimea with my husband and our daughter who is currently in 6th grade. I enjoy helping coach my daughter's soccer team when time permits and volunteer as a referee when needed for AYSO games. I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my family.
I look forward to meeting all of our families at Paauilo School. Please introduce yourself when you see me around campus.