M.S., University of Wyoming, Business Education
B.S., Dana College, Business Education
Completed online teaching courses at UCLA Extension.
Online adjunct instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, 2012-present
Full-time instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, 1991-2012.
My jobs before teaching at SRJC have all involved education. Teaching experiences were at the high school, private business school, university, and community college levels in Iowa, Texas, Arizona, and Wyoming. I taught teachers how to teach at San Francisco State University.
Additional jobs included training for industry and working for two state departments of education: Kansas and California. I love writing and have written numerous articles and textbooks.
Before being hired full-time at SRJC, I worked as an adjunct instructor at the Petaluma Campus. I taught full-time at SRJC for 21 years until May 2012. My life has gone full circle, and now I am an adjunct instructor again!
In addition to teaching, my time is spent gardening (the lawn is now gone!) and volunteering for a local nonprofit organization by managing the website and communications.
We are very proud of our son who graduated from San Diego State and is digital advertising manager in San Francisco.
My husband and I like exploring new towns, states, and countries, which is why you might not be able to communicate with me 24/7!
We recently adopted Ibarra. Ibarra is a beautiful black lab who was trained to be a service dog. His training involved attending classes for two semesters at SRJC and a semester working with veterans in Menlo Park. When Ibarra was 2 1/2, he started limping and was released from service dog training. We felt that Ibarra had much to give others, so we trained with Paws As Loving Support. Ibarra loves people of all ages, is smart, and gladly helps others. Children read to Ibarra at the Petaluma Library.
Professional Areas of Interest:
Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Word Core and Expert and Excel.
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Presentations and Publications:
Author of seven computer applications textbooks for the junior high, high school, and community college levels.
Author of The Complete Office Handbook
Author of Business English at Work
Former monthly columnist of "Style Matters" for OfficePRO, the official journal for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
Facilitated and presented numerous training projects and workshops throughout the United States on computer applications, curriculum, online education, and motivational techniques in the classroom.
Honors and Awards:
2012 Recipient of Employee of the Month, awarded by Santa Rosa Junior College
2009 Recipient of the National Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, awarded by the National Business Education Association.
2009 Recipient of the Publications/Fine Arts/Performing Arts award by the Academic Senate, Santa Rosa Junior College.
1996 Recipient of the national NISOD award for excellence in teaching.