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Administration

Dr. Clara M. Guerrero
Dr. Clara M. Guerrero
Principal
Dr. Clara M. Guerrero

Dr. Clara M. Guerrero

Principal
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Dr. Guerrero attended California State University Northridge where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in English as a Second Language and her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. She later attended California Lutheran University where she earned her Masters in Educational Leadership, Administrative Credential and in 2015 her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Guerrero’s dissertation focused on parental involvement and Two- Way Immersion.

Dr. Guerrero has been in the educational system since 2000. She has served as an Assistant Principal, college professor, instructional coach, fieldwork supervisor to student teachers, BTSA mentor, and a classroom teacher. In these capacities she has provided support and mentorship to teachers, students and parents. Dr. Guerrero believes every child has potential to do great things, and educators have the responsibility to find what makes each child shine.

Dr. Guerrero has four children. Her oldest is a student at Arizona State University where he is majoring in Construction Management. Her second child is a Biology Major and her two youngest are high school students. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, cooking, baking delicious treats, reading, and shopping. Dr. Guerrero feels honored to be part of the professional learning community at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park and looks forward to meeting you.

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Ms. Heather
De Revere
Assistant Principal
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Ms. Heather De Revere

Assistant Principal
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Mrs. Cristina Mayer
School Business Manager
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Mrs. Cristina Mayer

School Business Manager
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Mrs. Mayer joined N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park in December of 2018 as the School Business Manager where she could blend her financial and education knowledge. Prior to becoming an elementary teacher and administrator (12 years), she was an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands and Mt. San Antonio Community College teaching Families as Consumers and Consumer Behavior. Before her switch to education, she was an auditor and account in the banking industry for four years. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Home Economics from CSU Northridge. She also studied Human Development and Family Studies during her doctoral studies at Iowa State University. During her free time, Mrs. Mayer loves traveling with her husband, spending time with her family, attending jazz concerts, visiting museums and gardens, crafting, reading and walks. It gives her great joy to work with some of the best teachers, staff and administrators who are always putting STUDENT FIRST!

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Ms. Navelle Molina
EL Coordinator
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Ms. Navelle Molina

EL Coordinator
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Ms. Molina double majored in Elementary Education and Psychology and earned her B.A. degree from Kean University in New Jersey. After moving to California at the end of 2015 she attended California Lutheran University where she earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership and her Administration Credential. Ms. Molina has taught 1st through 4th grade and has been in the field of education for over 15 years. Since the age of eight she had always wanted to be an elementary school teacher. The years she has spent as a classroom teacher mean the world to her and now that she is working outside of the classroom, she enjoys being part of a team that supports our teachers, parents, and students at NACP. Though nothing can top the pizza from the East Coast (especially from Manhattan), Ms. Molina loves being a sunny California resident.

Office

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Patricia McBride
Office Coordinator
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Patricia McBride

Office Coordinator
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Ms. McBride was born and raised in Germany and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. In 2009 she decided to move to California and has lived in Los Angeles County ever since.

Patricia loves animals, hiking, and being active in general. She enjoys cuisine and experiencing new food from all over the world. She also loves to travel extensively and explore new cities. The most beautiful place she has been to was Egypt.

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Christina Han
Office Clerk Student Records
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Christina Han

Office Clerk Student Records

Christina Han started at N.A.C.P in 2011. She started as an Instructional Assistant and now works in the front office. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustrations.
She likes to spend her free time with her family and friends.

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Vanessa Garcia
Office Clerk Family Advocate/Community Liaison
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Vanessa Garcia

Office Clerk Family Advocate/Community Liaison
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Vanessa Garcia has volunteered in elementary schools in the Canoga Park community since 2015. She strives for the growth of parent education and outreaches to a variety of community services. She is also certified by The Latino Family Literacy Project and has graduated from Project 2 inspire, a parent leadership workshop provided by the California Association for Bilingual Education.

She enjoys reconnecting with her culture and family in Michoacán, Mexico!
Mrs. Garcia has also participated in theater and has received performing arts recognitions.

Teaching Staff

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Danielle Sanchez
Transitional Kindergarten
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Danielle Sanchez

Transitional Kindergarten
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Mrs. Sanchez started teaching at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park in the fall of 2019. She teaches our youngest scholars in Transitional Kindergarten and is enjoying every moment!

Mrs. Sanchez received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with emphasis on Cultural Studies. and graduated from Cal State University of Los Angeles in 2008. She is currently working on clearing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Prior to coming to N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park Mrs. Sanchez worked as a teacher assistant for twenty-four years working with the Head Start Preschool program. Her experiences also include teaching three years of summer school to students in grades 9th -12th.

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Lysette Martinez
Kindergarten
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Lysette Martinez

Kindergarten
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Ms. Martinez graduated from Sonoma State University’s Hutchins School of Liberal Studies with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Film Studies. She proceeded to achieve her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Prior to coming to NACP, Ms. Martinez worked as a substitute teacher. Ms. Martinez is excited to join N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park as a kindergarten teacher and instill her love of learning to all students.

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Melissa Navarro
Kindergarten
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Melissa Navarro

Kindergarten
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Ms. Navarro is a Kindergarten teacher at NACP. She has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. She has four years of experience working with children ranging from ages 1.5-5 years in Early Childhood Education.

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Katherine Aguirre
Kindergarten
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Katherine Aguirre

Kindergarten
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Ms. Aguirre is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential. She’s excited to be working with Kindergarten students this school year at NACP. In her spare time, Ms. Aguirre enjoys being outdoors and traveling to Central America to visit her family.

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Maria N. Alvear
Kindergarten Dual
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Maria N. Alvear

Kindergarten Dual
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I am María Alvear. I was born and raised in México. I have a business degree from La Universidad del Norte, in Monterrey, N.L. I am certified as a Bilingual EC-4 Teacher by The Texas Education Agency and recently, I also got my credentials from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
I had been teaching K-4th grade, but the grade that I had been teaching the most is first grade. I love working with small children.

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Analisa Diosdado
First Grade
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Analisa Diosdado

First Grade
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Mrs. Diosdado graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in ESL. She cleared her Multiple Subject Credential at California State University, Northridge.

Mrs. Diosdado is a founding teacher of NEW Academy Canoga Park. She taught kindergarten for six years and has taught first grade for the past four years. Mrs. Diosdado has collaborated with her teacher peers in Drama Club. Mrs. Diosdado has been trained in Thinking Maps through LACOE. Mrs. Diosdado is currently the First Grade Lead Representative.

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Jimena Barrera
First Grade
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Jimena Barrera

First Grade
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Mrs. J. Barrera, formerly known as Ms. J. Rodriguez, graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Music. She returned to California State University, Northridge to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 2009.

Mrs. J. Barrera began working at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park in the Fall of 2007 as a first grade teacher. She has continued to work with the fantastic first graders at NACP since then. Ms. Barrera has served as the lead teacher for the first grade team for several years and in her role has assisted in the organization of many events at NACP. Over the years Ms. J. Barrera has served as mentor teacher to a number of aspiring teachers from California State University, Northridge. She is currently mentoring a student teacher from Pepperdine University and a teacher from N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park.

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Daniela Yniguez
First Grade Dual
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Daniela Yniguez

First Grade Dual
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Ms. Yñiguez graduated from Pepperdine University with her B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in French. She received her Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching credential along with her bachelor’s degree, and she is in the process of getting her Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) credential.

Before coming to NEW Academy, Ms. Yñiguez worked with Jumpstart for two years as a member and team leader helping to promote reading and writing in low-income preschools. She also served as an English teacher at the Malibu Labor Exchange, helping day workers learn English and completed her student teaching at Sumac L-STEM Elementary School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. As a teacher at our school, she hopes to help students achieve their dreams. This will be her first year teaching at NEW Academy Canoga Park, and she is very excited to be a part of this wonderful community. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

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Andrea Cuba
Second Grade
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Andrea Cuba

Second Grade
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Ms.Andréa Cuba is a second grade teacher at NACP. She received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge, as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

One of the things she really loves to do is learn. Ms. Cuba is still at CSUN working on her master’s degree in Multicultural Education. Another thing she loves to do is read. Some of her favorite books include The Pigman by Paul Zindel and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She also enjoys ice-skating, being with my family and friends, writing poetry, and making art.

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Liz De Leon
Second Grade
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Liz De Leon

Second Grade
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Ms. De Leon first earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2006. She then transferred to California State University of Long Beach where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and attained a Multiple Subject Credential in 2010. At New Academy Canoga Park, Ms. De Leon is a second grade teacher who is involved in Dancing Dolphins, which is an after school club for K-2nd grade.

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America Lopez
Second Grade
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America Lopez

Second Grade Dual

Ms. Lopez is a second-grade dual-immersion teacher who is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature in 2015. She is currently attending The Claremont Graduate University under the Claremont Colleges, where she is working towards receiving her teacher credential with her Master’s Degree and her Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD).
Before attending Claremont Graduate University, Ms. Lopez worked with Special Education students at the Arcadia Unified School District for over three years. She was also a Site Assistant for an after-school program at a middle school in the San Gabriel Valley where she worked closely with at-risk youth in order to promote their academic, social, and emotional success. She completed her student teaching at Claremont Unified School District where she taught a Kindergarten and First-Grade combination class. She loves helping students learn and as well as learning from them. During her free time, Ms. Lopez enjoys going to a coffee shop and having a chai tea latte with her friends. She also enjoys reading, going on hikes and going to museums whenever she can.

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Nina Clifford
Third Grade
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Nina Clifford

Third Grade
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Miss Clifford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge. During that time she focused on Psychology in Education and worked with an education consulting company that taught academics, behavioral skills, and tutoring for students’ ages 3- 17 years old. Once she graduated she knew teaching was her passion! She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Channel Islands. She has been a classroom teacher for grades K-5 and has been an intervention teacher for grades K-6. She loves inspiring her students to find their voices and be as creative as possible.
From a young age Miss Clifford knew she wanted to make a difference in the world. Being a teacher has helped her achieve that dream. Her favorite part of being a teacher is getting to know all of her amazing students and their families. When she is not teaching she loves hiking, painting, watching movies, spending time with family, and working on do it yourself projects.

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Julia Chandler
Third Grade
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Julia Chandler

Third Grade
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Mrs. Chandler earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the Ohio State University. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUB. She has been an Intervention teacher for grades 1-6 and a classroom teacher for grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She is thrilled to be teaching third grade at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Maribel Cachu-Rios
Third Grade Dual
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Maribel Cachu-Rios

Third Grade Dual
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Ms. Cachu graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and distinction in the major from the Service-Learning Institute at California State University Monterey Bay. While completing her degree between 2004-2008, she worked part-time as an instructional aide, afterschool teacher, and schools garden coordinator. After graduating, she taught for seven years at an early childhood education center. She also worked at non-profit organizations such as the Cesar Chavez Institute and AmeriCorps. In 2015, Ms. Cachu graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with her Master of Arts Degree in Education and BCLAD. Until recently, she taught at an elementary school in Salinas, CA. In 2018, she became a recipient of the California Teachers Association, Cynthia Peña WHO Award.

Ms. Cachu recently relocated to Los Angeles and is enjoying her role as Lead teacher for the Dual Language Academy program at N.E.W Academy Canoga Park! She is also, currently mentoring a student teacher from Pepperdine University.

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Jacqueline Tafoya
Fourth Grade
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Jacqueline Tafoya

Fourth Grade
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Mrs. Tafoya has been teaching fourth grade at NACP since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from California State University Los Angeles. She also obtained a minor in Chicano Studies, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential.

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Sara Aleman
Fourth Grade Dual
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Sara Aleman

Fourth Grade Dual
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Ms. Aleman received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Stanislaus in 2019 in Liberal Studies with a concentration in English and Magna Cum Laude Honors. She then graduated in 2020 with her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Authorization in Spanish.

Ms. Aleman enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and she loves animals. Her favorite wild animal is a lion, but she loves her dog more than any other animal. Ms. Aleman has worked with many different grade levels and is beyond excited to begin teaching fourth grade at NACP because she believes it is awesome!

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Kenny Han
Fifth Grade
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Kenny Han

Fifth Grade
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Mr. Han earned an Associates Degree in English at Pasadena City College and transferred to California State University of Northridge and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Credential in 2005. Mr. Han is currently a 5th grade teacher at NEW Academy Canoga Park. He has 9 years of experience teaching preschool children and 15 years of experience teaching at the elementary school level. On his free time, Mr. Han enjoys drinking coffee, drawing, reading books and comics, playing softball, trains in Tang Soo Do, he likes the outdoors, and he loves to spend time with his family.

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Jayme Reynolds
Fifth Grade
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Jayme Reynolds

Fifth Grade
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Ms. Reynolds is a native of Alabama, where she spent most of her youth studying ballet and became a member of four ballet companies before beginning her college career. Ms. Reynolds attended the University of South Alabama, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After teaching in Alabama for two years she relocated to Connecticut where she taught grades K-6 for 16 years. While a resident of the state of Connecticut, Ms. Reynolds earned her Masters of Science in Elementary Education.

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Martha Jimenez
Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Martha Jimenez

Fourth / Fifth Dual
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Ms. Jimenez received her Master of Educational Administration on June 2007. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree on June 1999 from California State University Northridge in Liberal Studies. She receives her Multiple Subject Credential with two Preliminary credentials in English and Spanish. She has her BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross- Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Authorization in Spanish. She has taught Spanish at Middle school and she has been a regular and long term substitute teacher across all grade levels (k-12th grade). Recently, she taught already one year as fifth grade Dual Language Teacher at NACP. This is her second year in fifth grade. She loves reading, music and spend time with her family.

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Lourdes Suasnabar
RSPP Teacher
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Lourdes Suasnabar

RSPP Teacher

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Ana Lucia Valentini Barrabino
Speech and Language Pathologist
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Rachel Simkin
Occupational Therapist
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Erica Sanchez
School Psychologist
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Erica Sanchez

School Psychologist

I am excited to be the new school psychologist at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park. I graduated with my Master’s degree in School Psychology from Phillips Graduate University and received a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge in Liberal Studies. I began my career in education as an elementary school teacher and taught kindergarten-third grade for 11 years. I have always had a passion for advocating for children and families. As a bilingual school psychologist, I am able to collaborate with teachers, school staff, and families to develop strategies that will support the student academically, socially, and emotionally. My duties as a school psychologist consist of conducting psycho-educational evaluations, provide counseling in either an individual or group setting, and promote positive behavior interventions. I enjoy working with students and my goal is to provide services that will ensure that the student is successful in school.
A few of my favorite things: I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I like to go antiquing and visiting historical sites. I am passionate about rescuing senior dogs, going for walks, and gardening