I joined our team of school psychologists in the Bainbridge Island School District in 2013. While I have served several schools within the BISD and island private schools over the years, Commodore Options School has been my constant home.
I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island and attended Ordway Elementary School, Commodore Middle School/Woodward Middle School, and Bainbridge High School. After graduating from BHS, I briefly studied Vocal Performance at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon before transferring to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. It was there that I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Child Concentration.
After graduating from college, I was married on my Bainbridge Island homeland before moving to Omaha, Nebraska. While in the Midwest, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology, a Master of Science degree in School Psychology, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology. I then began my career as a school psychologist in 2010 at Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. My background involved working directly with children of all ages in numerous roles and capacities as a preschool teacher, behavior specialist, special education para-educator, tutor/academic interventionist, and applied behavior analysis therapist.
My main roles within the BISD include consulting with parents, teachers, and community members about students' learning, behavior, and social-emotional needs; determining eligibility for special education services; and supporting school-wide initiatives that foster student academic and social/emotional well-being and success.
I have a husband, and two beautiful children. I enjoy singing with the Bainbridge Chorale, dancing with my kids, hiking, cooking, and experiencing new adventures wherever I can find them.