Growing up in the plains of Oklahoma surrounded by pastures and farms, I often ring a cow bell in my intermediate school classroom to transition during student collaboration time. From a young age in Oklahoma, I fell in love with learning and knew I wanted to pursue a career in education. Leaving Oklahoma after high school, I attended the University of Northern Colorado, previously known as “The Teacher’s College.” From my first semester at UNC, I was in classrooms observing students and teachers and confirming my deep desire to be an educator. At the end of my undergraduate studies, I chose to student teach at an elementary school level in the Colorado Springs area, where I also accepted a long-term substitute position with high-risk students at the intermediate level. After graduation just prior to accepting a full time position in Colorado, I moved to Orange County, California and officially began my career in the Garden Grove Unified School District in 1997. As I began teaching fourth grade at Warren Elementary School on the east side of Garden Grove, all my hopes and dreams as a teacher became an amazing reality. Within three years of teaching, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Educational Administration and quickly began working as a teacher on special administrative assignment, where I countinued for six years at both Warren and Patton Elementary Schools. In 2006, I found myself enjoying administration, yet also truly missing the daily journey of teaching my own class of students. After considering many options, I made a move to the intermediate level where I still am today. Currently I coordinate the AVID program and teach multiple levels of mathematics classes at Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School on the west side of Garden Grove, California. Each day with my incredible students reminds me that I am blessed by the most rewarding and awe–inspiring career anyone could ever imagine!