I was born in Cavite City, Philippines, was raised in the capital region of Manila, then moved to San Diego when I was sixteen years old. I have been passionate about teaching the gifted population for over a decade now, and I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful faculty at The Rhoades School.
I attended University of California, Davis where I spent a good portion of my time studying the psychology behind what drives people into greatness. This developed into a passion for serving the gifted population while working at a K-8th school for the highly gifted in Los Angeles. I was working at Mirman School when I started attending National University to obtain my Masters in Education and Multiple-Subject credential. Enrolling in the Masters program while teaching at Mirman provided me with a plethora of resources that allowed me to focus on supporting the academic and social-emotional development of highly gifted elementary-level scholars. I am a person who is always seeking to improve my practice. A few years into teaching at the primary level, I enrolled in the Reading and Literacy program at University of California, Irvine to further my knowledge on how children develop the skills they need to learn to read and comprehend. I continue to research and implement best practices in my classroom, always putting my students’ success in the classroom and their role as well-rounded participants in our community in the forefront.
In addition to my experience working with highly gifted students, I worked in a progressive TK-12 charter school that strives to place Arts as an academic focus, and consider Humanities, Math and Science as creative subject areas. My experience working in this environment has helped shape the way I value Arts as an integral part of children’s learning. Knowledge and appreciation of the creation of audio, visual and kinesthetic disciplines is a vital criteria for success.
When I am away from my classroom, I enjoy experimenting and combining different flavors in the kitchen. I am a huge fan of classic Food Network programming, such as Barefoot Contessa, Good Eats and Iron Chef. I like taking ideas from different chefs, mixing them up, and putting my own spin to create unique dishes. I take pride in both the successful dishes that I repeatedly share and serve my friends and family, and those dishes that had promise but were unable to deliver in the end.
I enjoy spending my spare time with my family. I married my high school sweetheart, Yesua, an engineer who enjoys planning memorable vacations for us. Together, we have an eleven-year-old, persnickety Havanese named Butters, and a chatty two-year-old, Atreyu Ender.