This is my fifth year at Irving, and I can honestly say, there is no place I would rather be than at Irving with your child. Hopefully, this page will give you a better idea of who I am and how I work in the classroom. Before teaching, I worked in emergency medical services. I drove an ambulance and provide prehospital care for many people for many years. Before that, I worked as a department director and instructor for the YMCA. I taught swim, lifeguarding, martial arts, and Young Leaders Academy. My undergraduate degree is in Human Services. The common thread in my history is my desire to help others. Teaching is an extension of that desire. I believe that my role is to nurture my students by providing a safe environment and facilitating discovery of the world around them. I believe that success breeds success and it is my role as a teacher to guide my students to achieve those successes in all areas. That means, I work closely with the OTs, PTs, Speech Pathologists, RNs, and specials teachers to ensure that we are all working towards the same goals. It also means that we work on nontraditional skills such as self-help skills, hygiene, self feeding, trying new foods, freeplay, and social interaction as well as academic skills.