I was born and raised in Orange County, California. My parents escaped to America during the Vietnam War as war refugees. I have an older brother and two older sisters (one who lives and was raised in Germany with her foster mother, my aunt), which makes me the youngest. The highest level of education my mother completed was third grade, while my father was able to complete part of high school. My parents have instilled in me the importance of earning an education as well as excelling when it comes to work ethics and character. Other than being an educator, I am an avid reader, plant parent (I have over 150+ plants), a true crime/anything-paranormal podcast listener, and a world traveler. I also love watching anime, documentaries, and horror movies as well as love attending anime/comic conventions!
I attended the University of California, Irvine and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (with a specialization in secondary education) along with a double minor in history and education. After that, I also received my CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in the Social Sciences at UC, Irvine. Being a life-long learner, I also worked towards completing my credential in the English-Language Arts as well as earning a Master’s Degree at CSULB in Curriculum and Instruction. This academic school year 2022-2023 will be my ninth year teaching (my previous teaching experience was at a 6-12 Grade school in Huntington Park, CA for seven years in which I taught both English and History). My goals within the next five years is to become credentialed in English-Language Development as well as become National Board Certified.
I am very passionate about social justice and making the world a more equitable place to live in for everyone. The key to this has always been valuing education and using your knowledge to create positive changes in the world. To problem-solve, to be resilient with modern-day challenges, to make a difference in the world, it is always great to have a solid-foundation based on knowledge, persistence, and morality – all that can be derived from receiving a high-quality education. The belief in the love of learning is what drives me to teach at Samueli Academy. Living successfully and passionately is what I wish for my scholars (it is up to them to pave the path they choose in life). My commitment to my students, the parents, and the school community includes ensuring that my scholars are more prepared for college, career, and life. With high expectations and through a lot of guidance and hard work, our scholars will be able to develop a growth mindset understanding that they can achieve great things through great effort.