My Story

Music has always been an important part of my life; long before I had the skills to produce it, I was listening to it on my parents eclectic collection of LPs.   I grew up listening to Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, The Beatles, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, and more.  I had such a profound curiosity and attraction to music, that it seemed natural to begin playing it.  I began playing clarinet in elementary school, bari and alto sax in middle school, and french horn in high school.  Although I pursued music while I attended Riverside Community College, I did not yet know that I wanted it to be my profession.  I took some time off of it, and found that without it, I was incomplete.  So I jumped back in with the desire to perform and through the teaching of private lessons found that I loved teaching even more!  I love sharing my passion for music, art, and learning. 

Following my extended time in junior college, I transferred CSU Fullerton, where I received  one of the largest scholarships the school of music could offer, which included private lessons on my primary instrument (French Horn).  I spent three years as an undergraduate at CSUF and graduated with a BA in Music (with an emphasis in education).  The following year, I also spent at CSUF, earning my teaching credential.  

Although my original plan was to teach middle school music, life pointed me in a very different direction.  Since earning my credential, I have only taught high school and I wouldn't have it any other way!  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE teaching music to high school students!!!  This Fall will by the start of my sixth year at Sage Creek and my seventh year teaching.  I am amazed by the kindness, intelligence, and passion of the students in my program and can't wait to see the things they'll do this year!