I was born in Reno as a fourth generation Nevadan and grew up on a cattle ranch near Pyramid Lake. My playground was a wide-open field of alfalfa and wildflowers; to this day, my deep love for nature and the environment remains with me.
Growing up, my grandmother taught me the value of service to my community. She operated an in-home daycare for children of first responders and I helped her care for those children before I was even out of elementary school. It was in her home that I found my love of helping children learn and grow. It was also there that I learned what it means to give yourself to your community and do everything in your power to help those around you. She taught me that even the smallest actions can make the world of difference in the life of a child and that those actions which serve another are the ones that bring the most fulfillment in life.
I have always endeavored to follow in her footsteps and live a life of service. I believe that’s why I was destined to be a teacher. I started by teaching the children in her daycare, then tutored my classmates through school, and by high school I was involved in just about every service organization I could join. I have always wanted to make a positive impact on my community and have dedicated my life to helping those around me.
I moved away for college and attained a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in political science, from Boston University. I never lost my calling to service and all through college I tutored other students, worked on political campaigns, like Obama for America, and volunteered for non-profits like the Alzheimer’s Association. After college I decided to return home to Reno in order to give back to the community that raised me. Shortly after my return, I enrolled in the University of Nevada’s master’s program to gain my teaching credential and Master of Education degree.
Today I live in Northwest Reno with my husband Stephen, our daughter Abigail, and our dog Luna. I have spent nearly a decade teaching underprivileged children in Washoe County School District, first at Hug High School and now at North Valleys High School. I love the work that I do because every day I feel like I am making real and positive change in the lives of children. I genuinely believe that education is the only way we can truly change the world and I am proud to help shape our next generation to be thoughtful, empathetic, and empowered leaders in our world.
The realities of what educators have faced over the last several years has inspired me to serve my community in another way – in the Nevada State Assembly. It should come as no surprise that Nevada’s schools are some of the most underfunded and overcrowded in the nation, and we continue to rank at the bottom of nearly every metric on student success. As an educator, I cannot and will not accept this. Through my leadership in the Nevada State Education Association and Washoe Education Association, as well as my advocacy on the WC-1 measure to ensure the funding of the construction and renovation of schools throughout Washoe County, I have seen the harsh realities of what educators, our kids, and our communities face each day. As a parent, a teacher, and Reno citizen, I am not content to sit on the sidelines while our children are actively harmed by the education system in Nevada. I know we can do better for our children and I am ready to serve.
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