"Be patient with yourself, you just might know more than you think you do! It might not be easy, but it will be worth it if you stick with it while you continue to grow and learn."
Why did you become a teacher?
I started teaching while working on my Master’s in Counseling Psychology. When I graduated, I was offered a position at the Central District office at the Department of Education as a District Resource Teacher. In this role I would be helping teachers in the schools. This was a perfect fit for me. I could help teachers, help students!
What HIDOE school(s) did you teach at?
I taught English Language Learners and Special Education at Ala Wai Elementary and was a School Counselor at LikeLike Elementary.
Any fun facts or hidden talents? What do you like to do outside of mentoring?
I’m a news junkie, especially International News. I love to travel; New York City and Paris are two of my favorites. I also enjoy going to the movies and shopping!
How many years have you been mentoring?
This is my first year as a MUSE mentor, however as a District Resource teacher with the DOE, I supported many teachers over many years.
What is your favorite thing about mentoring?
We all need support at times. Going to school and holding down a full time job is not easy as I well know. My hope is that I can provide helpful support to our Teacher Candidates as they navigate their way through school and the DOE. Sometimes we just need validation that we’re on the right track!
What is your advice to those looking to become an emergency hire?
Be patient with yourself, you just might know more than you think you do! It might not be easy, but it will be worth it if you stick with it while you continue to grow and learn. Your student’s will benefit greatly as you become an awesome and effective teacher.