I began my career in Ohio in 1990 as an elementary special education teacher. I moved to Oregon in August of 1992 and became a special education teacher at Gresham High School. As a side note, at that time in much of Oregon, high schools were separate districts from the middle and elementary schools! The Gresham Barlow School District was actually four separate districts! We have come a long way since then.
In 1995, the same year as the districts in our area were combined, I accepted a position as lead teacher at Fariss School, one of our first alternative education programs. From there I have held several administrative positions in the district including West Orient Middle School assistant principal, principal of West Orient, Clear Creek, and then principal of Gresham High School.
All in all, I have worked in this district long enough to have had the rare opportunity to watch two complete cycles of kindergartners grow into working and contributing community members. The wonderful relationships I have formed with thousands of area students and their families have given me a deep connection to this community that I do not take for granted.
Just like everyone else, I am the sum of my life experiences which include growing up in Ohio, enlisting in the military, earning my degrees in special education and educational leadership and a vast and varied amount of work experiences over 30 plus years. In my position as Executive Director of Student Support Services I hope to combine these experiences with my strong work ethic to bring continued growth and progress to all of our special education programs in the district.